Schenectady County Community College President Quintin Bullock is apologizing for and clarifying remarks he made at a community forum in Maryland about his current job and a job he wants.
Bullock is one of three candidates for the president's position at Frederick Community College in Maryland, and during a recent forum there he described SCCC as a Chevrolet and FCC as a Cadillac. He now says that the analogy was used to explain that the two institutions are different sizes.
"In retrospect, I chose a metaphor that has been viewed negatively, especially taken out of the context of the all-day sessions at FCC," Bullock said in a statement. "Clearly, the use of the metaphor was not intended to disparage all of our positive accomplishments that we have achieved here at our institution. I apologize to the Board of Trustees, the college community and the greater Schenectady community."
He went on to say that during his stay at FCC he spoke highly about his work at SCCC and the college's standing in the community.
Additionally, Bullock now says he is appreciative of the opportunities he has had at SCCC and contended that the future of the college is very promising.
"Again, I apologize for using a poor analogy. I did not intend to have SCCC described in a negative way. I have nothing but the highest regard for this institution, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished," he said in his statement.
Bullock was appointed president by the college's Board of Trustees in December 2008 and has recently pursued at least two college president jobs beyond SCCC.