Trustees Kiko Rendon, Ed Rivera, Art Rendon and Dr. Rey Garcia, now seem to have been totally adrift mentally, in adding an additional year to Tercero's contract during the same time frame that she was seeking employment elsewhere. Perhaps, Ed and Kiko had already moved on in spirit to their new jobs at car dealer Mike Hernandez III's OP 10.33 and were not focusing on TSC, but, what were Dr. Rey and Art thinking?
Now, we've learned that Tercero is one of four finalists for president of Northeast Lakeview College, one of several San Antonio community colleges associated in the Alamo College District. Tercero's introduction letter to the NLC Search Committee is dated June 19, 2016, well before her August 2, 2016 termination by the board of trustees.
Here is an excerpt from her letter to the search committee:
"I currently serve as the chief executive officer of Texas Southmost College (TSC). The unique opportunity to reestablish TSC as a fully comprehensive, pubic community college has been exhilarating and gratifying. Since my arrival at TSC in October 2011, I engaged in a variety of activities that required extensive communication, collaboration, negotiation, and management skills. One of my first tasks was to finalize the termination of a 22-year agreement with the University of Texas System, which included the sale, exchange and lease of property as well as the creation of new lease arrangements. Through these extensive negotiations, the College’s assets increased by approximately $25 million and liabilities decreased by almost $9 million."
There is no need to demonize Tercero. She likely did her best at TSC, but simply was the wrong hire.
The institution now faces the huge challenge to educate a workforce for actual jobs in Cameron County. We have too many UTB/TSC graduates working at Burger King because there are few jobs locally matching their degree.