Press Release
Press Release

MATC Board Politicized by GOP and Chamber of Commerce

Reverend Julian Jasper, a former MATC board member, said, “The legislative changes drafted by the MMAC are undemocratic.”

By - Oct 26th, 2015 02:46 pm

Thirty-nine community leaders have signed a statement (attached) condemning the disenfranchisement of Milwaukee’s African American and Latino communities at MATC that will be the subject of a meeting by the Milwaukee County Commission on Human and Civil Rights on Monday, October 26th.

“Since the Republican legislature passed a bill written by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, African American representation on the MATC board has plummeted,” said Fred Royal, a former MATC board member and President of the NAACP.

The 3:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the East Side Library, 2320 N Cramer, Milwaukee WI.

“Thirty-five percent of MATC’s students are African American,” Royal explained, “but this bill reduced African American membership on the board from four to one.”

MATC’s job placement and graduation rates are equal to other technical colleges and its costs per student are in the middle of the pack. Yet, according to Chuck Gobel, a former MATC board member, “MATC was the only technical college targeted by the state legislature for the changes in board governance and its board appointment process,” Gobel stated.

Sixty-five percent of MATC’s students live in the City of Milwaukee. Yet the bill eliminated MPS’s role in the board appointment process so that the city of Milwaukee has no voice at all in the appointment process.

Reverend Julian Jasper, a former MATC board member, said, “The legislative changes drafted by the MMAC are undemocratic. They have rigged the appointment process to ensure their hand- picked candidates get appointed and effectively eliminated Milwaukee stakeholders from any voice in this critical community institution.“

While County Executive Chris Abele is on the MATC Board Appointment Committee authorized by the legislation, he has consistently refused to support qualified candidates from Milwaukee County, instead opting to appoint candidates recruited by the MMAC who do not live in Milwaukee County.

Keith Roberts, the Director of Strategic Planning when MATC was established as a regional college in the early 1970s offered this perspective: “The board appointment system was developed to keep politics out of the appointment process. The new appointment process has politicized the process and Milwaukee’s County Executive has played a decisive role in undermining democratic control of the MATC board.”

The Commission is expected to take action on this matter today.

Current and former MATC students, administrators and board members are expected to attend the meeting.

By Community Coalition for MATC

Press Releases by Press Release

Press Release

SSP America Opens Local Favorite Valentine Coffee at MKE

Small batch artisan roaster brings top-tier coffee to Airport

Press Release

Corey Fells shares the story of his 100 Womxn project

The 100 Womxn project is a showcase of 100 stories captured in the photos of minority millennials.

Press Release

Local Business Leader Launches Debut Novel

Milwaukee Rescue Mission to Benefit From Royalties

Press Release

Milwaukee Writers Participate in Global #WritersResist Movement

The event can be heard on www.riverwestradio.com and on 104.1 FM.

Press Release

Coalition of Retired Judges to Ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to Adopt Standards to Limit Cash Influence in Judiciary

The retired judges have submitted their petition to the State Supreme Court requesting strong new rules for when judges must disqualify themselves in order to remove even the appearance of bias.

Press Release

Elephant House at the Woodland Pattern Gallery — Three Weeks to Go

In Elephant House, photographer Dick Blau and historian Nigel Rothfels offer a thought-provoking study of the Oregon Zoo’s Asian Elephant Building and the daily routines of its residents.

See More Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *