Friday, June 23, 2006
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Community College of Allegheny County President Stewart Sutin, facing blunt questions from members of Allegheny County Council, promised last night to hold off on closing the school's Bethel Park Center.
His pledge that any decision "will be held in abeyance" while the college and community leaders work to make the 1,900-student center viable was a significant shift from two weeks ago. It drew one of the few bits of praise as the former international banking executive endured withering criticism for nearly two hours before the council's committee on government reform.
The cash-strapped college and its president have faced complaints since last fall about spending and decision-making and, most recently, a decision in May to withhold its budget from the public -- a move that led to Dr. Sutin's appearance before council.
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