I was told something once by an unnamed elected leader and it goes something like this…
If Dale Jackson talks about something, chances are it will die with him. No one wants to be seen following him.
Journalist don’t respect what I do because I don’t hold myself out as some self-important impartial phony, but I digress…
Here is a ready-made story for any journalist with the guts to ask some questions…
First here is a nice little timeline for you:
Jan. 8, 2008: Jeff Mosely began his position as the Criminal Justice Instructor at Calhoun Spring semester, 2008: Jeff was one of three finalists for the position that included Will Culver before he was elected a Huntsville City Councilman. Kenny Anderson, Social Science Division Chair at the time, chaired the committee. Jeff was chosen for the position by President Marilyn Beck after interviewing all three candidates. It was commonly known that Kenny Anderson wanted his old friend Will Culver to have the position.
August, 2008: Will Culver is elected as a Huntsville City Councilman
2008: Calhoun Community College establishes four new positions of Academic Deans. Kenny Anderson is chosen as the Social Science Dean although he did not have an earned doctorate.
2009 and 2010: Calhoun Administration seeks State Board of Education approval to purchase land for a new campus in Huntsville. Opposition emerges from 1. Leaders in the Decatur community, 2. Drake Technical College which was in the process of becoming a Community College and 3. a number of African American leaders in Huntsville.
May 14, 2010: Jeff Mosley’s contract as a non-tenured Instructor is ‘Non Renewed’ and he is dismissed from the faculty. This was in spite of the fact that he had received excellent evaluations and no negative reviews. His colleagues in the Social Science Department at the Decatur Campus and the Huntsville Site were shocked.
A non-tenured teacher has no rights of appeal.
Summer, 2010: The Criminal Justice Position is re-advertised. A committee, headed by then Dean Kenny Anderson, selects three finalists that includes now Huntsville City Councilman Will Culver. President Marilyn Beck chooses Culver for the position. Many people at Calhoun believed then and now that Jeff Mosley was non-renewed solely for the purpose of choosing a powerful African-American Huntsville City Councilman to counter Huntsville area African-American leaders who were opposed to the expansion. Culver became an outspoken advocate for the expansion. He traveled with groups to State Board of Education meetings in Montgomery and spoke openly at Calhoun faculty and staff meetings urging faculty and staff to contact Huntsville City leaders. Many accused him at the time of ‘double dipping’ and questioned his motives for supporting the expansion.
May, 2012: Culver, facing re-election, resigns his full-time position at Calhoun. Was he fearful of making his Calhoun employment an issue in the election? Was he under pressure for alleged poor classroom performance and negative student reviews of his classes? Perhaps he would release those student evaluations.
August, 2012: Culver wins re-election after allegedly having his principal opponent gerrymandered out of his district. At the insistence of Dean Kenny Anderson, Culver continues teaching part-time at Calhoun despite alleged complaints from students, especially on-line students for being non- responsive.
Spring, 2013: Dean Kenny Anderson announces he will resign his position at Calhoun to take a position with the City of Huntsville as Multi Cultural Director, replacing Brenda Martin. Anderson assumes his new position with the City of Huntsville April 29, 2013
Keep in mind, this little game has a victim. His name is Jeffery Mosley.
Mosley wrote this letter and sent it to many in the 2-year college chain of command, up to the Governor.
Date: July 30, 2013
From: Mr. Jeffery Moseley
Dr. Mark Heinrich
Chancellor, Alabama Community College System
135 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36104-4340
Dear Dr. Heinrich:
My name is Jeffery Moseley and I was employed as the Criminal Justice Instructor at Calhoun Community College in Decatur and Huntsville from January, 2008 – May, 2010. My contract was ‘non-renewed’ by the Calhoun administration in May, 2010, although I had all excellent evaluations from my supervisors and my students. I also had an excellent relationship with area law enforcement officials in the community to advance opportunities for our students.
For the record, I am an African-American man who served 3 years as a Kentucky State Trooper and twenty-one years as a Police Sergeant. I also hold a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. I currently reside in Athens, Alabama.
As you well know, a non-tenured instructor has no rights to appeal. I believed then and now that I was dismissed solely to hire a powerful African-American Huntsville City Councilman to counter Huntsville area African-American leaders who were opposed to an expansion of Calhoun’s Huntsville Campus in 2009-2010. Councilman Will Culver was hired for the position during the summer of 2010, and became a leading spokesman for expansion. The committee to hire Councilman Culver was chaired by his very close friend Dean Kenny Anderson. When I was originally hired for the position in January, 2008, Will Culver, who was not a Councilman at that time, was also one of three finalists selected by the committee that was also headed by then Division Chair Kenny Anderson.
As the 2012 City Council elections neared, Councilman Culver resigned from his position as Criminal Justice Instructor at Calhoun at the end of the Spring Semester, 2012. There was rising criticism in the community about alleged ‘double dipping’. I am told that he continued as a part-time instructor, despite alleged poor student evaluations, on the insistence of Dean Kenny Anderson.
During the Spring Semester, 2013, Dean Kenny Anderson announced that he was leaving Calhoun to become the Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs with the City of Huntsville on April 29, 2013. There is currently controversy over the role of Councilman Culver in an alleged quid pro quo to secure the position for his old friend Kenny Anderson.
Chancellor Heinrich, my sole reason in writing you this letter is to clear my name that I feel was tarnished in my inappropriate dismissal in 2010. I believe that if an appropriate investigation is made it will reveal a corrupt effort to clear my position in order to enhance political influence by members of the Calhoun Administration. I believe my former colleagues at Calhoun have knowledge of these facts and will reveal them if they are assured there will be no retaliation.
Your timely attention would be appreciated.
There has been no response.
So here are some ready-made questions for my media friends to ask.
To the City Council:
While the Mayor ultimately hires such positions, what was Culver’s role in the hiring? Did Culver advocate hiring of his old friend Kenny Anderson?
Was it a quid pro quo deal between the two?
The two-year college system in Alabama has been plagued with major scandals in recent years. Following kick back scandals revealed in 2006, a number of college officials around the state and the Chancellor, Dr. Roy Johnson, were sentenced to prison. Chancellor Johnson actually pled guilty to the charges. The current Calhoun President and Vice President were close protégés and allies with Chancellor Johnson.
Should the Attorney General Luther Strange investigate this case to see if Councilman Culver and Dean Anderson violated any laws in their alleged quid pro quo scheme? Is this a case of public corruption by an elected official? If there is a state investigation, would those involved be questioned under oath and prosecuted if they commit perjury?
Should the new Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, Dr. Mark Heinrich, investigate the alleged charges of corruption concerning the termination of Jeff Mosely in 2010, and hiring Councilman Will Culver to allegedly seek political influence and political favor?
Should someone on the City Council ask for an ethic investigation?
To Councilman Culver:
Why were you recruited as an instructor of Criminal Justice in 2010 and why he resigned in 2012? Did Mr. Kenny Anderson recruit you or did someone else? What were student responses to your classes? Would you permit Calhoun to share those student evaluations with the media?
As a faculty member did you speak out publicly in support of the Calhoun Huntsville Expansion in Huntsville after you were hired at Calhoun? Were you hired for this purpose? If he says no ask him did he go on the trip to Montgomery to lobby the State Board of Education. Did he ever speak out in meetings?
How did you feel about being a part of damaging a man’s reputation, namely Jeff Moseley, in order to get his job? Do you know he had perfect evaluations from his superiors?
Since you and Mr. Kenny Anderson were good friends, did you play any role in his hiring as the City’s Multicultural Director? Did you vote to approve his hiring…. If so should you have abstained since you are close personal friends?
Was this a quid pro quo, Anderson engineered your hiring at Calhoun and in turn you engineered his hiring at the City?
To Kenny Anderson (Multicultural Director – whatever that is):
Tonight or later to Kenny Anderson:
What was your role as a Dean at Calhoun?
Did you recruit your friend Mr. Culver?
Why were you willing to destroy Mr. Moseley’s career?
If he was a poor instructor why did you and others give him excellent evaluations? (I have copies of his evaluations… they are excellent).
Why, Mr. Anderson? Was it to get employment for your buddy?
Would you allow Calhoun to release your evaluations, not from your supervisors, but complete evaluations instructors in your area?
If not why?
Food for thought.
*much of the above was compiled with the help of folks who wish to remain anonymous.
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