|Dr. Antonio Juarez with Campaign Manager/|
Wife at Cobbleheads event Wednesday night
Much of the conversation involved improving and growing TSC.
"Lily Tercero did a good job with accreditation and the lowering of tuition. Now, we need the president to lead in marketing the college. Brownsville and the county have a great demographic for growing enrollment," stated TSC Trustee Trey Mendez.
An alarming rate of attrition among faculty and administration was a concern expressed at the table. The loss of skilled personnel was linked to "micromanagement" from the top.
Mendez and Garza, along with candidates Ruben Herrera and Antonio Juarez, could conceivably create a new majority. The need for such a contingent was illustrated when Tercero was able to push past the board $185,000 in "consultant fees" for her old bud from a Fort Worth junior college, Dr. Leonardo De la Garza. De la Garza is viewed by some trustees as an unnecessary Tercero security blanket.
"She told us she could do the job herself," was an opinion expressed at the table.
|Antonio Juarez event at Cobbleheads|
Dr. Antonio Juarez(his doctorate is in education) presented himself to the Cobblehead's crowd as a "product of the Citrus Gardens housing project," a six year army vet and a man who passed his CPA exam, despite being advised by his Pan American College instructor to change majors. He wants to tweak the E-book program, match curriculum to the needs of local business and grow enrollment.
|Tony Zavaleta-Reid, Candidate for TSC|
Trustee, Place 3
Juarez is not unopposed. He faces opposition from J.J. De Leon, Evelyn Cantu and Tony Zavaleta. Zavaleta, particularly, has administrative and professorial experience at TSC.
"Yes, but it was during his tenure that the abuses of former UTB President Juliet Garcia were implemented," observed someone seated at our table.
Zavaleta lost his last run for office in 2010 when Brownsville Cheezmeh-promoted candidate John Villarreal narrowly won City Commissioner District 4. In retrospect, the chemistry of the City Commission might have been considerably altered with Zavaleta, not a pipsqueak, afraid to express himself. You may recall that Zavaleta, in his campaign for City Commission, advocated free downtown parking, among other novel concepts.
|TSC Trustee Trey Mendez|
Tonight, the popular TSC Trustee, Trey Mendez, kicks off his campaign for TSC Trustee, Place 4. The event, which starts at 5:30 PM, has been moved to the Alonso Building because of the possibility of rain.