Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Casavant’

Another Hunter College Dean Bites the Dust, Allegations of a Witch Hunt

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

His name at the time of his departure was Dean Erec R. Koch, a Ruth and Harold Newman Dean, and the Hunter community learned of his departure in a Tuesday, July 2 email: “I write with great regret to inform you that I will no longer serve as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to work with the talented and dedicated A&S faculty and staff during the past two years.*

Former Dean Erec R. Koch

Former Dean Erec R. Koch at the resignation party of Assistant Dean Maria Anderson

It was sent in the wake of brutally frank comments about President Raab in an earlier resignation letter by a former assistant dean to Dean Koch. In that earlier resignation letter, the resigning Assistant Dean, Maria Anderson, castigated Raab for “personal attacks”  and creating “a culture of fear and mistrust,” and she also wrote that Dean Koch had been targeted by President Raab. “It is quite clear that a witch-hunt against you is underway and that it includes an attempt  to fabricate instances of financial mismanagement on your part. You are certainly the prime target, though as the chief financial officer of the School, the daily expenditure decisions were largely mine to make,” Anderson wrote.

The names of others in the Dean’s office were mentioned in the email.

Dean Koch said at the resignation party for Dean Anderson that he had not been terminated. It was a wry comment without sarcasm. Several days later he announced his resignation.

This is the first of several stories.


The WORD’s 2011 Snookerer of the Year

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

She snookered Hunter College President Jennifer Raab; Erec R. Koch, Dean of Hunter’s School of Arts and Science; John T. Rose, Hunter’s Dean of Diversity and Compliance,  D:F/M’s Chair Jay Roman.


Vanessa Casavant: Whoa! What Happened to This Former WORD Writer?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

There are way too many inaccuracies and too much misrepresentation and deceit in this blog-tumblr piece [below] by Hunter alumna Vanessa Casavant for this former mentor-instructor to engage in rebuttals, rejoinders, replies and the lot at this point in time in the early fall semester. For the moment, this writer is collecting her online posts as well as contacting news services who wrote about her quotable and paraphrased whining in their news articles to alert them to the spurious and the specious and that they were snookered.

So, what is this about? Read on.