Houston Chronicle News

The taxpayers who provide the funding for colleges and universities have a reason to demand more accountability from the board.  Below are some headlines taken from the Houston Chronicle.  

Houston Community College vice chair convicted of bribery
Trustee Christopher Oliver faces possible prison time after guilty plea
HCC to sell some unused land after study finds properties
By Benjamin Wermund
Houston Community College should sell 73 acres - including large swaths of undeveloped property across the Houston region that college officials spent millions to buy over the last several years.  
 
HCC moving beyond past mistakes, leaders say
By Benjamin Wermund
Houston Community College must move beyond past mistakes and make sometimes painful "course corrections" such as a land swap that will result in a loss of nearly $10 million, Chancellor Cesar Maldonado ... 

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HCC loses $10 million selling off Missouri City campus
By Benjamin Wermund and Emily Foxhall
Houston Community College has spent millions of dollars and nearly a decade trying to develop a successful satellite campus in Missouri City. The college's latest plan requires taking a nearly $10 ...
Houston Community College has spent millions of dollars and nearly a decade trying to develop a successful satellite campus in Missouri City. The college's latest plan requires taking a nearly $10 ...

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City may buy unused HCC property
By Benjamin Wermund
The city of Houston is considering purchasing a plot of land from Houston Community College, which paid $13.6 million for the property in 2013 but never used it. When HCC officials purchased the ...

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Editorial: Friends with benefits
Copyright 2015: Houston Chronicle
The importance of friendship is one of those lessons that students are supposed to learn in kindergarten, but that hasn't stopped the Houston Community College board from providing real-life training. 

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HCC board hired outside lawyer without vote
By Benjamin Wermund
As conflict roiled the upper reaches of Houston Community College early last year, the institution's board chairman, Neeta Sane, told her fellow trustees during a closed-door session that they needed to ...

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HCC, trustee continue clash over legal fees
By Benjamin Wermund
Dave Wilson has long been a thorn in the side of Houston Community College trustees. That hasn't changed now that he's one of them. Wilson, a controversial figure long before he was elected to the HCC ...

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HCC's former acting chancellor alleges illegal contracting
By Benjamin Wermund
Two days before the Houston Community College board was set to vote to award millions of dollars in bond contracts, the chair and vice chair of the board confronted the acting chancellor in a private ...

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HCC to sell 9 acres of unused land off Highway 288
By Benjamin Wermund
Houston Community College officials are set to put an overgrown plot of land that the college sank almost $14 million into two years ago back on the market. It's a first step toward ridding the college of ...

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Years after North Forest voted for HCC bond, would-be campus
By Benjamin Wermund
For years, Houston Community College officials have been making promises to the residents of North Forest that they have yet to fulfill. Six years after more than 70 percent of its residents voted to be ...

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HCC hires criminal defense firm after complaint
By Benjamin Wermund
The Houston Community College board voted Friday to hire a criminal defense law firm to defend its chancellor, who is named in a criminal complaint filed by a college trustee. The vote to hire the firm...

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Trustee says HCC land deal broke law, calls for chancellor's
By Benjamin Wermund
Houston Community College, which has spent millions on far-flung properties it may never develop, now faces a criminal complaint filed by one of its own trustees alleging it unlawfully overpaid for a ...

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HCC has spent $35M on land it's no longer planning to use
By Benjamin Wermund
In late 2013, Houston Community College spent $12.7 million on a 4.5-acre tract near its Central campus. The shady plot of land at Alabama Street and Almeda Road is home to several towering trees and a ...

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HCC tensions linger as board approves land deal to move campus
By Benjamin Wermund
Less than a year after Houston Community College hired a new chancellor to get its $425 million bond program on track, some trustees still have concerns over how the money is being handled. The tensions ...

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HCC trustee says college holding back information on land
By Benjamin Wermund
A Houston Community College trustee says the school's administration won't cough up all of the information it has about a plan to move HCC's Sienna Plantation campus to a new location in Missouri City. ...

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