The campuses of the Northern Wyoming Community College District shut down at 1pm on March 13 due to a snow storm. Not relevant information for Monterey County—which enjoyed a sunny and warm day after two weeks of rain—but very relevant to Monterey Peninsula College President Walt Tribley.
That's because Tribley was just hired as the new president of the district serving three counties in Northern Wyoming, according to an MPC press release dated March 12.
Tribley announced last June he was retiring from MPC in September 2019, but his job hunt soon became known after he was named in December as one of three top candidates for a position as chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas district in Alameda County. He didn’t get the post.
Last week he was named as one of the top three candidates for the job in Wyoming. On March 8 he was unanimously approved by the seven-member NWCCD Board of Trustees after a six month search that attracted 45 applicants. He begins the job on July 1.
Since Tribley took over at MPC in December 2012, he’s been lauded by other administrators and the MPC Board of Trustees, but sharply criticized by instructors, who worked for several years without a contract under his leadership.
The Monterey Peninsula College Teachers Association staged several protests to bring to the public’s attention problems, including how they earn less than instructors at other community colleges in the region. Members also complained Tribley’s leadership style was “autocratic.” They largely blamed him for the college being placed on accreditation probation in 2017.
After an all-out push by Tribley and MPC staff to fix 22 issues raised by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the college was removed from probation last year and its accreditation status was reaffirmed through 2023.
MPC's press release painted a positive picture of Tribley’s tenure, listing the accreditation reaffirmation, as well as other achievements, including: balancing the budget; expanding access to non-traditional students through partnerships with CSU Monterey Bay and local high schools; and obtaining MPC’s first federal Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions grant for $3.75 million.
Tribley was making over $213,000 a year at MPC. No salary has been announced yet for the NWCCD president's position, according to a spokesperson. The district's board still needs to take official action on the specifics of Tribley's contract. The last president was making $167,000 a year.
A search for Tribley’s replacement at MPC is underway, led by Trustee Loren Steck.