Updated 4:30 P.M.: Leo Zuniga, associate vice chancellor of communications said that Follins has been moved to special projects administrator.
Zuniga said he could not comment on why Northeast Lakeview’s president was moved to this position and said Leslie is the only one who could comment on Follins’ new position. Leslie has yet to comment on the reassignment.
Chancellor names Vice Chancellor Thomas Cleary the interim president.
By Kyle R. Cotton
Chancellor Bruce Leslie’s office today announced that Northeast Lakeview College President Craig Follins is no longer with the college.
In a memo to the faculty and staff of Alamo Colleges, Leslie said, “I regret to inform you that Dr. Craig Follins has left the position of president of the college.”
Follins became president in March 2014 after the college’s first president, Dr. Eric Reno, retired.
In his time at Northeast Lakview, the college was able to get its first accreditation visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which is scheduled for Feb. 22-25.
Leslie has named Dr. Thomas Cleary, vice chancellor for planning, performance and information systems, the interim president of Northeast Lakeview.
“Dr. Cleary is well-prepared to step in as he served very well as the interim president when Dr. Reno retired,” Leslie said in the memo. “While it may be unsettling to lose a key member of the team as we take the final steps to accreditation, I want to assure you the college will have the excellent leadership required to achieve a successful accreditation outcome.
“We will have time to focus on the selection of the next president of Northeast Lakeview College after the accreditation visit in February 2016,” Leslie said in the memo. “My hope is to have new president on board no later than August 2016.”