- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009


The Montgomery College Board of Trustees removed Brian K. Johnson from his position as president and placed him on paid administrative leave immediately Thursday evening.

Trustees also voted against renewing the embattled college president’s contract.

The changing of the guard comes after allegations that Mr. Johnson excessively spent college funds, ignored meetings with key politicians — including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — and was frequently absent from the office during work hours.

College officials appointed Hercules Pinkney as interim president.

The board released a statement Thursday after the meeting explaining reasons behind the decision.

“We arrived at these decisions after much discussion and deliberation,” said Michael C. Lin, board chairman. “We take our responsibility of oversight of the college seriously and feel this action is in the best interest of the Montgomery College community.”

Calls to Mr. Johnson’s personal cell phone were not immediately returned Friday.

Last week, someone draped a large banner across fencing near the Rockville campus announcing a bench warrant out for Mr. Johnson’s arrest on charges he owed $12,000 in child support in Arizona. The banner was hung a day after faculty members voted no confidence in Mr. Johnson’s leadership.

Mr. Johnson served nearly two years as the president.

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