ULLIN, IL (KFVS) - Since Dr. Peggy Bradford took the position of President at Shawnee Community College about a year ago, there's been tension and inner turmoil growing at the school between her and people who work at the school.
Since taking the position, faculty say 28 employees have either resigned, retired, or have been terminated from the school.
President of the SCC Teacher's Union, Sheryl Ribbing says the majority of these people ending their employment at the school come from a hostile work environment that has been created since Bradford coming to the school.
In June, faculty made a vote of no confidence towards Bradford, but she says she stands by her actions throughout the past year.
Since Bradford has been President of the University, she's made some tough cost cutting decisions that she believes are part of the growing tension. They mainly revolve around teacher overload pay (where teachers make extra money for teaching past a certain number of credit hours) as well as changing the way teachers are deemed qualified to teach their classes.
However, Ribbing says on behalf of the teachers and staff that these are not the issues causing the inner turmoil and animosity at the school.
She says only 1 member of the faculty has been deemed not credentialed in the past year. So that isn't an issue for them. As far as cutting classes that teachers get overload pay for, she says that has never been a complaint that they've made to the board.
When asked what the problem staff and faculty have with Dr. Bradford's leadership is, she continues to blame the work environment that has been created since Bradford came to the school.
When asked to give a specific incident where Dr. Bradford's actions directly attributed to the hostility between employees and Bradford, she simply said there were many. Dr. Bradford seems to be getting the same kind of answer to that question.
With school starting in a few weeks, both the teachers and Bradford say they are going to try and do what's best for the students.
"I think that we have, that we're at a point to where that if we can stay focused on the students and we'll continue reaching out, building teams and see what happens," said Dr. Bradford.
"We have to be focused on preserving our future, and that's what we're gonna continue to do. We're gonna continue to go in every day and put our students first," said Ribbing.