YVC board releases statement supporting president, responding to faculty union vote

The Yakima Valley College Board of Trustees released a statement today, June 6, in response to the AFT Yakima faculty union’s vote of no confidence of YVC President Linda Kaminski. The union announced the results of the vote at the public Board meeting in May.

The statement commends Kaminski and notes the Board’s continued support for her leadership of the institution.

The five-person board consists of Board Chair Castulo “Cus” Arteaga, Vice Chair Bertha Ortega, Dr. Sara Cate, Patrick Baldoz and Neil McClure.

The board’s statement is as follows:

On May 10, 2023, the AFT-Y faculty union informed the YVC Board of Trustees of a vote of no confidence in President Linda Kaminski without providing supportive information.

The role of the Board of Trustees is governance of the institution. It is not to intervene in the established process or to overturn the decisions of administration whose primary responsibility is the effective operation of the college.

We the Board commend the president for her 28-year commitment to putting students first. President Kaminski has been and continues to be an effective leader. We the Board have seen no evidence of financial mismanagement, no evidence of lack of transparency or evidence of retaliation. Therefore, we the Board of Trustees will continue to fully support her as the President of this College.

Press Release Contact:
Dustin Wunderlich / 509.574.6870 / dwunderlich@yvcc.edu