A-B Tech president Young had problems...

A-B Tech president Young had problems in past

There are 115 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Dec 24, 2008, titled A-B Tech president Young had problems in past. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Joel Burgess * [email protected] * published December 25, 2008 12:15 am ASHEVILLE Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College President Betty Young faced criticism about her leadership style from ...

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Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#101 Jan 9, 2009
Ohio connection wrote:
I am so sorry you had the misfortune of experiencing the wrath of BETTY. She did the exact same thing in our small community college and destroyed a lot of very good people's careers. She surrounded herself with her own special chosen ones and if you dare to disagree with her, you could bet you would be gone as soon as possible. I am just glad your board had the guts to challenge her. Ours failed us.
I wonder if your school was the first one where she had problems? At any rate, I hope your school is recovering and that you're back on track. As an educator for many years, it distresses me to see one person destroy anyone else's future. I wonder if the ABTech Board really took the time to examine this woman's past. They either did, and overlooked her experience at your school, or they did not and her actions here in Asheville came as a complete surprise. Anyway, best wishes to you and all those at your college.
Ohio connection

Johnstown, OH

#102 Jan 9, 2009
I would not be surprised that all of her references were so ready to get rid of her they wrote outstanding reviews. That sickens me, but you now have an idea why it might be probable. The college is recovering, but some of us weren't so fortunate. It has been a hard 3 years to come to terms that anyone could be so heartless and ruthless. Good luck from hewre on out.
sleepyweasel

Tahlequah, OK

#103 Jan 13, 2009
I'm glad that someone, someplace, finally saw Betty for what she is; a big, fat, fake with her own agenda.

I was a student at Northwest State Community College in Ohio when Betty and her whipping boy, Jeff F, was there; what a dog and pony show that was. Basically, it was a dictatorship in which all the good faculty and staff had to fear for their jobs on a daily basis. Everyone and everything suffered under her reign of terror.

Give'em their walkin' papers and make them pay back their exuberant salaries too. They are getting paid way, WAY, more than they are worth!

Sincerely,
Sleepyweaseloh1
Skeptic

Dillon, SC

#104 Jan 13, 2009
sleepyweasel wrote:
I'm glad that someone, someplace, finally saw Betty for what she is; a big, fat, fake with her own agenda.
I was a student at Northwest State Community College in Ohio when Betty and her whipping boy, Jeff F, was there; what a dog and pony show that was. Basically, it was a dictatorship in which all the good faculty and staff had to fear for their jobs on a daily basis. Everyone and everything suffered under her reign of terror.
Give'em their walkin' papers and make them pay back their exuberant salaries too. They are getting paid way, WAY, more than they are worth!
Sincerely,
Sleepyweaseloh1
Hmmmmm....interesting post.

I find it hard to believe that you knew this as a student. Our students seem to have had little idea that there was any problem. I suspect most couldn't have told me her name. You are just stirring the pot - and we don't need that.

The faculty association is apparently meeting late Friday afternoon. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for that one.
Ohio connection

Johnstown, OH

#105 Jan 16, 2009
Everyone felt the tremendous stress she put on the college. No one knew when she would eliminate their job next. It wasn't about union, it was about respect and fairness. It was about needing to understand the decisions she was making. She was heartless and down right rude in her position as hacket woman. You are lucky to have her leave soon enough.
Jessica Jones

Suffolk, VA

#106 Aug 12, 2009
AB tech is the most disgusting school I have attended. I am a full time students at UNCA Asheville; and I was treated with nothing but disrespect and blatant cruelty from the entire staff. I happened to be enrolled in the disabilities program and my teacher TRENT CODD refused to provide me with handouts and refused to give me notes. I went to Dennis King; VP of student affairs; who laughed at me and said there was nothing they could do simply because I am disabled. Also, Deborah Harmon; the lady in charge of disabilities completely ignored the fact that what my teacher did was completely illegal. Certain accommodations were to be made for my disability and they were NOT met. I was made a spectacle of, insulted, and talked down to. Trent Codd sat there smug as could be lying through his teeth about all of his "efforts" with trying to help me; when in fact I received nothing but trouble from this man. Because of his refusal to meet my accommodations and because of the failure to recognize this illegal act by Dennis King, Deborah Harmon, and especially Trent Codd I was forced to drop the class. I hope the word gets out on the unfair treatment of disabled students at AB tech since they seem to be unaware of their own reputation.

Since: Jul 09

Spartanburg, SC

#107 Aug 12, 2009
Jessica Jones wrote:
AB tech is the most disgusting school I have attended. I am a full time students at UNCA Asheville; and I was treated with nothing but disrespect and blatant cruelty from the entire staff. I happened to be enrolled in the disabilities program and my teacher TRENT CODD refused to provide me with handouts and refused to give me notes. I went to Dennis King; VP of student affairs; who laughed at me and said there was nothing they could do simply because I am disabled. Also, Deborah Harmon; the lady in charge of disabilities completely ignored the fact that what my teacher did was completely illegal. Certain accommodations were to be made for my disability and they were NOT met. I was made a spectacle of, insulted, and talked down to. Trent Codd sat there smug as could be lying through his teeth about all of his "efforts" with trying to help me; when in fact I received nothing but trouble from this man. Because of his refusal to meet my accommodations and because of the failure to recognize this illegal act by Dennis King, Deborah Harmon, and especially Trent Codd I was forced to drop the class. I hope the word gets out on the unfair treatment of disabled students at AB tech since they seem to be unaware of their own reputation.
I am sorry you felt this to be your experience. My own experience is that the school goes out of its way to accommodate students, make them feel welcome, and, above all, educate them, on an individual level if necessary. This applies not only to the teachers, but to the administration and even the campus workers.

I was once in a class with a disabled student, and the person was provided with the materials and support they needed to participate in class, and was otherwise treated with the same respect and expectations as the other students.

Again, your experience is your own.
GetErDunn

Anonymous Proxy

#109 Feb 23, 2011
As I was reading through these posts I kept agreeing with all of these complaints. However, I then realized that these were made in 2009 and not 2010/2011 and they were not about Dr. Hank Dunn but about Dr. Betty Young.
New boss, same as the old boss, only this time the board seems to be asleep.
Let's start with Jeff Ferezan II (aka Sara Smith). This lady sits in every meeting and stairs people down and takes names (supposedly to add to Dunn's hit list).

While on the topic of the hit list... it takes 2 hands to count the number of people who have been put on "special assignment" or "extended leave" recently. This is to buy time so that the people who have been vocal against Dunn will not get their contract renewed. Dunn plans on cleaning house come July 1. If he was to fire someone, he would have to take it to the board... not renewing a contract is a loop-hole.

The college went from 6 VP's to 8 and an associate VP (plus a "Personal Assistant" who has had whole departments under her, just like a VP). This is a case of to many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Dunn is also a hot head and arrogant. I've personally witnessed this in meetings. One example was a faculty member who was insistent that a class she was teaching couldn't be taught in 4 weeks (I believe it was freshman comp). Dunn's response to her was "prove me wrong!"

I'm not sure how Dunn expects any of the staff and faculty to support the "Tech-Tax" he proposes. Even with the "talking points" sheet that was given to every employee (you know, the kind that tells you what to say) I have yet to find an employee that supports this tax. If the board is afraid to do anything because they think it will hurt the chances of this tax passing, don't worry, Dunn's attitude and the way he dismisses the importance of the faculty and staff of the college has already killed the chances of this passing.

Dunn is not the same person that interviewed for the President position.
Witness to Dr Dunn

Washington, DC

#110 Mar 25, 2011
Wow. Hank Dunn was coming when I was going at Sinclair, and I tell you this man is a problem. AB Tech, if you're smart you may want to put your President on probation.
Not only does this guy not care about the college, he is very conniving, he does not care about the student body.
If you don't believe me ask him why he eliminated student programs and student organizations?
Don't believe me? Just ask around, and look at the mess he's left on his wake.
John

Asheville, NC

#111 Nov 4, 2011
I am super upset that Dunn is planning on tearing down the old gym/auditorium of St. Genevieve's. The building is beautiful and part of Asheville's history. Why is this man trying to get rid of such an historic building to put up a parking lot!!! Let's Save The Auditorium!!!! Maybe that's why AB Tech needs to increase our taxes, so they can tear down our history!!
AB Tech Faculty

Asheville, NC

#112 Dec 8, 2011
BBB - Bring Back Betty! that's how horrible Hank Dunn is! The man rules with an iron fist, only cares about money, the faculty and the students are less than dirt under his feet. It is common knowledge on campus that if you even express disagreement with him, you will lose your job. That is not the kind of environment to have at an educational institution.

He hires horrible inexperienced people to take the place of long-time adjunct faculty how are just passed over even though they're the ones who have built the school up. The man is an arrogant, self-centered, conniving, power hungry, sorry excuse for a human being - that's as nice as I can be.
Tuila

Candler, NC

#113 Dec 8, 2011
AB Tech Faculty wrote:
BBB - Bring Back Betty! that's how horrible Hank Dunn is! The man rules with an iron fist, only cares about money, the faculty and the students are less than dirt under his feet. It is common knowledge on campus that if you even express disagreement with him, you will lose your job. That is not the kind of environment to have at an educational institution.
He hires horrible inexperienced people to take the place of long-time adjunct faculty how are just passed over even though they're the ones who have built the school up. The man is an arrogant, self-centered, conniving, power hungry, sorry excuse for a human being - that's as nice as I can be.
If what you state is true (not saying it's not true) it is very sad for our community. AB Tech has always played a big part in bringing jobs, keeping companies, and training individuals for jobs in our community.

I would hope that someone at AB Tech (student/instructor/administra tor) would go and talk with K Ray Bailey who did a wonderful job as President of AB Tech. Mr. Bailey now serve as our County Commissioner with Carol Peterson who I believe are both part of the AB Tech Board. These two individuals would have a very strong impacts on stopping this type of destruction of a great school. If you do not get any assistance from Mr. Bailey or Carol Peterson contact Mr. Fryar who always attends the Commissioners meetings. I did see when on several different occasions expressing his dislike of the new tax for AB Tech and if my memories service me right he had a very words toward Dr. Dunn.

Good Luck and I hope that the people will not let one individual destroy such a wonderful school.
Melanie

United States

#114 Dec 9, 2011
Its not just the ivey building other people
in charge are trying to tear down old buildings in
downtown Asheville! The leaders of Asheville only
want modern buildings. Asheville has made its bread and
butter on old buildings. We must try and
save Asheville's history!
Houston Community College

Houston, TX

#116 Mar 14, 2014
Betty Young is now in Houston at Houston Commnity College and worse than ever. Please see post at www.InsideHCCS.com
Ben

Morristown, TN

#117 Mar 14, 2014
Maybe it sounds like the only jobs that Dr. Young should qualify for now in the event she should get fired is: Grill cook or cashier at McDonald's or other fast food restaurant, server, dishwasher, grill cook, busser at Ruby Tuesdays, Cracker Barrel or other restaurant, greeter, stock person, or sales clerk for Wal-Mart or Target, bagger, stock person, or grocery clerk for Ingle's, Publix, or other grocery chain, or any other minimum wage jobs. While we're at it, Hank Dunn probably could end up in one of those jobs.

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