Update – November 8, 2016

on November 8, 2016 in Weekly Update

Dear San Jacinto College Community,

Last night the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to discontinue four competitive sports programs (men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball), effective May 2018. I am attaching the press release and the fact sheet related to this decision.  I ask that you review these documents.

I have been in this community for more than 20 years, and my husband was raised in Pasadena. My volunteer work with the San Jacinto College Foundation began in 1996, and I became an employee of San Jacinto College in 2000.  I am aware of the impact San Jacinto College has had on many individuals.  I have seen first-hand that impact.

I want you to know that I have lost a lot of sleep over the weight of the decision that was made last evening because it was not an easy one for our Board, and the conversations over the last 10 years around this topic have been difficult.  I know it is a painful decision for many of you also.

San Jacinto College has a tradition of higher education excellence. That means we get students to complete what they start and transfer on to a four-year university or enter the workforce, whether that is one of our approximately 150 student-athletes or one of our other 30,000 students. This has to be our goal.

As resources become more scarce, we are forced to make difficult decisions around the cost and sustainability of all programs. This decision has nothing to do with the performance of our coaches or student-athletes – we have a great tradition of athletic success. This comes down to costs and sustainability in the same way as we continuously review all operational costs and facility planning.

I know my words do not make the decision any easier. I ask that you support the coaches, the coaching staff, and the student-athletes over these next nineteen months. We remain committed to all 30,000 San Jacinto College students.

Best,
BH

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