Earlier this month, A-B Tech President Hank Dunn rushed the swearing-in of Madison County commissioner Wayne Brigman; the move blocked Fryar’s appointment because state law limits the number of commissioners who can serve on the board. In an interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times, Dunn acknowledged the Brigman appointment was meant, in part, to block Fryar and instead appoint board members who are more supportive of the college. Today, Dunn issued this statement:
Press release from
A-B Tech Community College:
The following is a statement from Dr. Hank Dunn, President of A-B Tech Community College:
From the beginning of my tenure, I have sought to act in the best interest of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. I have conducted broad community outreach to build positive relationships and to gain support for the College. As President, I have also had to make some difficult leadership decisions with a goal of maintaining A-B Tech’s position as a leader among community colleges.
One of my decisions has not had the intended result. My actions arising over the appointment of a new trustee resulted in widespread concerns and criticisms. In re-examining this decision, I realize in retrospect that I made a mistake. Although I was concerned with the best interest of the College from a philosophical standpoint, I truly regret my mistake.
The Board of Trustees had concerns that they have made clear to me. The Board welcomes differing opinions and the free exchange of ideas resulting in what is best for the College.
Finally, I fully appreciate the right of appointing entities to designate individuals to serve on the Board of Trustees. I am proud of A-B Tech and will continue to act to ensure it is a leader among community colleges.