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Madden's leaving moves YC ahead

The resignation of Yavapai College Governing Board member Paul Madden takes the college one more step away from the dark chapter in its history that unfolded in 2004.

Madden, who resigned for health reasons, earlier had threatened to resign because of the e-mail policy the board proposed to adopt after the attorney general found the board guilty of violating the Open Meetings Law.

The attorney general's ruling, which came after a long delay, also included a $500 fine for all board members serving at the time as a penalty for using e-mail to circumvent the Open Meetings Law.

The long-delayed investigation came after four members of the college executive leadership team resigned in late 2004 amid allegations then President Doreen Dailey and the board had violated the Open Meetings Law. Ultimately board member Jim Holt resigned as a matter of principle over the board's conduct and then Dailey quit.

The board has come a long way since then. It hired a good interim president in Michael Murphy and listened to him. Now it has hired a good permanent president in James Horton and appears headed in the right direction.

It's focusing on service to the students and honesty with the faculty, staff and public.

Madden resisted much of those changes. Although he made some worthwhile contributions to the board before the college slipped into its "public-be-damned" corporate culture in the twilight of the Dailey administration, he also typified the worst of its arrogance in the wake of the executive leadership team resignations.

Since those dark days, the board has acquired two new members (Patricia McCarver and Ray Sigafoos) after Holt's departure and the death of Ed Harris. Madden's resignation gives Yavapai School Supt. Tim Carter a chance to name still another new member.

If Madden's replacement has the belief in service to the students and candor with the faculty, staff and public as the previous appointments, the college is on a good course.

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