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College president put on administrative leave

Superintendent/President Joi Lin Blake of Palomar Community College.

The president/superintendent of  Palomar College has been put on administrative leave in an action that leaves many questions with hardly any answers. 

The Palomar Community College District board of trustees Tuesday voted to put Superintendent/President Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D., on paid administrative leave effective immediately pending an investigation.  The Board made it clear that this action is not disciplinary and is being taken as a precautionary measure to protect all parties.

The Board of Trustees appointed Jack Kahn, Ph.D. as Acting Superintendent/President until this matter is resolved.  In a campus-wide email, Dr. Kahn stated the following, “It is my request that we all respect the privacy of all parties at this time.  Doing so will allow us to focus on the important work of the district.  Together, we will remain focused on student success, our response to the FCMAT report and building toward a successful spring semester.” 

Dr. Kahn also serves as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction for the District.  The referenced FCMAT report was generated by the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), recently invited to evaluate the fiscal health of the District.  The District is currently examining ways to address the recommendations in the report.

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