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Prairie State Board Censures Trustee After Strategic Walk-Out

Wendell Mosby has been temporarily stripped of his travel reimbursement privileges after he walked out of a board meeting and took the quorum with him.

Prairie State College Trustee Wendell Mosby will be traveling on his own dime, at least until he gets his boardroom behavior under control.

The trustee was censured at the board's Dec. 4 meeting, losing his travel reimbursement privileges indefinitely, according to fellow trustee Marc A. Wiley Sr. The punishment came as a result of Mosby strategically walking out of a meeting.

At the Oct. 30 public board meeting, Mosby was one of only four board members to show up out of the seven. When a board policy on nepotism in employment came up for discussion and vote, Mosby voiced his disapproval, according to the minutes. He said the board was enacting the policy to retaliate against the Prairie State staff for opposing the hiring of Chair Jacquline Agee's stepfather, Leo Alexander, to an $80,000-a-year job last year.

When it came time to vote on the nepotism policy, Mosby walked out of the meeting, leading to the lack of a quorum and an inability to pass the policy. Agee then pulled the item from the agenda, according to the meeting minutes. Mosby returned shortly after and got into a heated exchange with Agee about his slick move.

"I didn’t know I was going to have an opportunity to kill this action item, but there were only four board members there, so I was the quorum," Mosby said. "I spoke out in opposition, and I walked out so it couldn’t pass." 

Wiley, who was not at the Oct. 30 meeting, said he disapproved of Mosby walking out of a meeting.

"That was really out of order," said Wiley. "It's actually a violation of board policy. You don't do that. You vote 'yes' or 'no.' You can't just go disrupting the college business like that."

At the Dec. 4 meeting, four of the six present board members supported censuring Mosby. While the minutes for that meeting are not yet available, Wiley jotted down what Mosby was told his punishment would be:

"You will no longer have any travel expenses reimbursed by the college until you continually adhere to all college policies."

Removing travel reimbursements could be considered hitting Mosby where it hurts. As a state- and national-level committee chair, Mosby said, he travels to conferences representing Prairie State about eight times a year, and no censure will stop that.

“Because you control the purse strings, you think you can stop me from attending these events?" Mosby said. "I’ve represented Prairie State very well on the state and national stages. Is it because you’ve got nothing else? Because nothing I’ve done is unethical? Because I don’t get along and go along?" 

It's more than not going with the flow, according to Wiley, who said Mosby goes against what is being said at the meetings "90 percent of the time." Mosby agreed with that assessment, but said the board's priorities are out of whack.

"They rubberstamp everything," Mosby said. "It’s not like they’re asking thought-provoking questions about college students’ success. Nothing is about students’ success. Call a spade a spade."

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Trinity December 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
"Traveling on tax payer money" is that really the only issue that you see? I'm willing to contend that his travel expenditures over the LIFE of his term don't add up to the $80,000 paid to the board Chair's step-father in one year...
Trinity December 14, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Wow Bobby, thanks for sharing! ...
JayZ December 14, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Wendel has no business traveling eight times a year to conferences across the nation on our dime. That's bull. What does he do for a living? I want to see his expenses! He is vacationing through tax money! Wtf!! Step down in shame w.m. you kno you wrong
Dinkum December 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
He "sells" WIMP t-shirts and offers various consulting services according to the wimpwear.com website. Probably makes less than your average retail store manager. Now I have a better idea of how he "represents PSC". Travels on the tax payer dime and he promotes t-shirts and "services".
JayZ December 14, 2012 at 01:09 PM
That is down right low and dirty.
kayborst December 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I think the issue is Agee hiring her stepfather to the tune of $80,000 a year and getting around the neopotism law because he is her stepfather. What a crock! Maybe we should be focusing on that and why at the meeting here were only 4 board members at the meeting. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-09/news/ct-met-prairie-state-college-hire-20120109_1_adjunct-faculty-board-ethics-faculty-union
honey December 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Wow...I'm befuddled. What happen to the issues at hand- PSC? Mr. Mosby seem to have started WIMP WEAR as a teen and now use his entrepreneurship skills and drive for betterment within his community to develop leadership programs for youth. NOW!!! It would be different if he was utilizing travel to enhance his fashion background, but note he isn't. You're suppose to make connection that will enhance ability to effectually do your job..Tax payers will pay for that, but not nepotism. So, what about the Chair??? I guess that issue isn't on the table.
honey December 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
@J.McDonald- Agreed
James Bond December 14, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Do the Trustee collect a salary?
WA Mama December 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I've appreciated this discussion, but I'm a bit confused. Last year, Chair Agee hired her step-dad to a brand-new position. A year later, a board policy on nepotism in employment comes up for discussion and vote. Mosby walks out, so no one can vote. Okay, I get that part. But... 1) What was the policy? It hardly seems possible that it was FOR it, so I'll assume it was against. Shouldn't everyone on a board be against nepotism? 2) I'm not sure what Mosby's problem with the policy was. Is he FOR nepotism? Or was he defending Agee's choice? Are we to assume he would've voted NAY for whatever reason? So by not allowing a vote, he was afraid that everyone else would vote YAY? Isn't that a good thing, for everyone to vote against nepotism? 3) Why was there a heated argument with Agee when it appears that Mosby was siding with her original decision? 4) Finally, why were there only 4/7 people who showed up? God bless Ashley Shine, the student trustee on the board, who thinks of it as her duty to show up at each and every meeting. Thank you, Ashley. Meanwhile, Doyle's been gone 4 out of the last ten meetings, Wiley's been out 5/10 - 50% show up rate. How does that help PSC and its students?
Christopher Paicely (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM
WA Mama, To answer one of your questions, I believe Mosby's beef with the nepotism policy was that it did not apply to the board and that he perceived it as retaliation against the faculty for objecting to Alexander's hire.
Christopher Paicely (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Bobby Breeze, Your comment was removed because it contained potentially defamatory accusations of wrong-doing toward an individual without proof. If there are issues you would like for me to look into, please feel free to e-mail me directly at christopher.paicely@patch.com. Please feel free to comment again.
honey December 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Well Mama..you have confused me..read article. Have a great day!
Winston Wolf December 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Does Mr. Alexander's relationship with Ms. Agee make him less able to negotiate union contracts? Does it negate his work experience? Does it hurt the students or taxpayers? This is a non-issue. Ms. Agee's term expires next year. We will see if anyone decides to challenge her in the April elections.
honey December 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
@Winston- Yes,I believe Ms. Agee should be removed as Chair...!!!
Nick002 December 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Seriously??? You think it's ok to wire a job for your relative if they are "qualified". Maybe if you're the owner, but Agee is not! The people are the owners. We expect an open competitive process to fill jobs, not "the Chicago way."
WA Mama December 14, 2012 at 05:26 PM
"The new job opening was not posted, in part because the interview and hiring process would have taken too long." That's not good practice. And unfortunately, people cannot be voted OUT, they can only be voted IN, and those you don't like won't leave unless there is someone to challenge them in the election.
Winston Wolf December 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Nick, if Mr. Alexander were hired after a competitive bidding process, you would still complain. Therefore you are saying that his relationship to Ms. Agee should disqualify him from working for the district. I don't understand the argument that members can only be voted out "if" there is someone to run against them. The district is huge, and I have no doubt that there are many good candidates out there. If people choose to complain and stay on the sidelines, they have nobody to blame but themselves!
kayborst December 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I believe he was opposing the policy only applying to employees and not the board.
kayborst December 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Really a non-issue! Why was the job not posted? Why were the job requirements lowered from a Masters degree to a bachelors? Seriously $80,000 a non issue. Are you a relative as well?
WA Mama December 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I am willing to accept that it may just be me, Honey!
WA Mama December 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Okay, thanks Christopher and J.McDonald - that makes it clearer.
kayborst December 14, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Maybe this is really Ms. Agee.
CAROL December 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I am inclined to agree..you all should be more concerned with the fact that Ms Agee is looking out for her step-father and that only 4 board members out of 7 were present...You all are totally losing sight of what is important here!!
Dinkum December 15, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Let me simplify it for you. Mosby is right in the middle of the PSC issues because of his behavior (walking out of a meeting according to Wiley is a violation of policy). It is not unusual for someone, then, to deserve additional scrutiny given he is part of the problem or a solution. As for what he is actually doing with the WIMP biz the last post was over a year ago. You seem to have more recent information.
Bobby Breeze December 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Submit a FOIA to PSC for Wiley's credentials. He has none. His bio is fabricated.
Bobby Breeze December 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Submit a FOIA to PSC for Wiley's credentials. He has none. His bio is fabricated
Winston Wolf December 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
He was elected. That is the only qualification to serve on the board.
Bobby Breeze December 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Elected on false pretense. His entire bio is fake. No degree, no Sheriffs community outreach (program doesn't exist), does not live in the district (Peotone), and is suspended from the sheriffs office. A reasonable person would equate this as not eligible and not qualified.
Juvenal December 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Winston the whole problem is some people are so corrupt they can't even see what's wrong with this. Jobs should not be currency for elected officials. Is the stepfather the best qualified for that $80,000 job? Highly unlikely. esecially if they tweaked the requirements to suit his credentials. Public service should not be used to enrich friends family and political supporters w.ith taxpayer money. Period.

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