This letter was written by concerned family members of the subject of this letter. We know that there is a possibility this letter may not be published but we are hoping that the subject of the letter gets her side of the story heard.
Cynthia Thompson, has worked in the library at Bladen Community College since November of 1986 (nearly 28 years) and has her master’s degree in library science. In April 2014 her contract was not renewed.
However, this letter is not about the non-renewal of her contract. This letter is about the way she found out. Apparently, the administration and trustees of BCC met on Tuesday, April 22, to decide this.
Was Ms. Thompson told that her contract was not being renewed by college officials? No. She received a call from a well-meaning individual (not a college official) while she was at home sick. Several days and a weekend passed before she was officially told on April 28, but by then everyone on campus knew — including students.
BCC officials dropped the ball on this one. In a life-changing matter like this, Ms. Thompson should have been the FIRST and ONLY one to know outside of that meeting about the non-renewal of her contract. How would the individuals who leaked this information and college officials feel if they found out that they were losing their jobs in this way? They would feel the way Ms. Thompson felt — shocked, humiliated and angry. This was uncaring, unprofessional and disrespectful behavior by college officials.
The reason for this letter is that this NEVER happens again to ANYONE. In matters like this the officials should remember that they are not dealing with bottom lines, salaries or numbers but with living, breathing human beings with feelings.
Ms. Thompson, our aunt, has enjoyed her years at BCC and leaves with no ill-will. She knows during this time she has made many friends and helped numerous students achieve their academic dreams. To her, this is all that really matters.