TCC trustees get update on chancellor

FORT WORTH -- Tarrant County College trustees were briefed about Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley's duties and her upcoming job evaluation Tuesday during a closed session.

Although described as an evaluation, the meeting was not a full review, said Joe Hudson, president of the TCC board of trustees.

"We are required by board policy to bring new members up to date," Hudson said before the meeting.

Hadley, the college district's fourth chancellor, was given a three-year contract in March, which is worth $365,000 annually. Full evaluation of the chancellor typically occurs in the spring.

Hadley said the information presented to the board includes the goals set in March for 2010-11.

"There is no action," she said. "It's just to bring them up to date."

Hadley succeeded Leonardo de la Garza as chancellor of the five-campus Tarrant County College District. When Hadley took the post, she also inherited the college's biggest controversy: construction of the Trinity River East Campus.

The downtown campus, under construction just east of the Tarrant County Courthouse, has been plagued by cost overruns, design changes and downtown critics.

The project, which has a $203 million budget, is expected to be completed next spring, with classes starting in the fall. College officials have promised that the project will come in under budget.

Hudson said the annual review will include a briefing on the chancellor's duties, goals and objectives.

Hadley's performance is "on the right track," Hudson said.

Trustee Louise Appleman agreed, saying Hadley's long tenure with the college district allowed her to hit the ground running.

"I'm very pleased and very comfortable with her efforts," Appleman said.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675