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Whittier : Attempt to Oust Rio Hondo President Withers

The Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees has given up its attempt to oust President Herbert M. Sussman before his contract expires in June, 1989.

In August, the board voted to start negotiations to buy out the remainder of Sussman’s contract. After about two months of unsuccessful talks, the board in a 3-2 vote decided to retain Sussman until June and search for his replacement in the meantime. Sussman had announced he intended to retire when his contract expired.

Board President Bill Hernandez said in a prepared statement that the board’s decision was “in the best interest of all parties.” He declined further comment.

Sussman, 65, has been president of the community college since 1982. The college, with 8,000 full-time and 20,000 part-time students, serves Whittier, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello, South El Monte and surrounding communities.

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