By David Schick
The Collegian has public records that the Board of Regents (BOR) claimed do not exist.
On August 15, a GPC faculty member, who wished to remain anonymous, submitted an Open Records Act request to the BOR for email correspondence between Rob Jenkins, GPC associate professor of English, and former BOR Chancellor Eroll Davis, Chancellor Hank Huckaby, John Fuchko, BOR chief audit officer, and Rob Watts, GPC interim president.
BOR Office of Media and Publications informed the faculty member that the approximate time to produce the documents would amount to three hours and cost an estimated $100.65.
On Sept. 21, the faculty member was told that there were “no documents” in response to the request, but was still charged for search and retrieval.
“I did not think I would be asked to pay for a search that produced no documents,” wrote the faculty member.
However, the Collegian obtained documents identical to those requested by the faculty member in May.
One of Jenkins’ emails to Huckaby consists of a three page rant about the leadership of Dr. Anthony Tricoli, former GPC president, prior to the news of the budget deficit. Another email from Jenkins to Huckaby, which was used in a previous Collegian article, illustrates his approval of Tricoli’s removal.
The Collegian asked John Millsaps, BOR associate vice chancellor and open records officer, why there were “no responsive documents,” via email.
“Because the query did not generate any emails meeting the search criteria,” wrote Millsaps.