The head of the Lewis and Clark Community College Board of Trustees will not be stepping down. David Heyen, who was just selected as the new board chairman last month, is resisting calls for him to resign from some members and organizations both on and off campus.

The issue came to light late last week when what some are calling racist and anti-immigrant items on his personal Facebook page came to light. Among those calling for his resignation are the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Lewis and Clark Faculty Association, and the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Alton Area. An action item on the agenda called for his resignation, but board attorney Jill Leka laid out the rules.

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Board member Dwight Werts explained part of why he would be voting for Heyen to step down.

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The vote to call for Heyen to resign was defeated 4-3. Those voting with Heyen were those he campaigned for in the April election: Julie Johnson, Kevin Rust, and Charles Hanfelder. Members Dwight Werts, Brenda Walker McCain and Bill Watson voted for the measure. Also last night, Heyen, Johnson, Rust and Hanfelder voted together on agenda items to reinstate administrative employment agreements for one month, to prepare new contracts for others, and to designate an Ad Hoc committee for the purpose of selecting a new board attorney, a fact not lost on the remaining members of the board, or the large crowd that was largely on the side of the three veteran members of the board now in the minority.

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