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Grassman pick at BTC raises eyebrows

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Greg Peck
Thursday, May 23, 2013

If you’re puzzled over the appointment of Vic Grassman as a new dean at Blackhawk Technical College, you’re not alone.

Grassman’s job performance led to his forced resignation in March as city of Janesville economic development director. If he hadn’t resigned, he would have been fired, according to a letter he gave The Gazette.

Grassman showed a “pattern of management and performance that is not acceptable,” according to the March 14 letter from then-City Manager Eric Levitt. Levitt noted he worked with Grassman to boost his performance but saw little improvement. Levitt pointed out ongoing inaccuracies and had recent concerns about inadequate and misleading communications on major projects critical to the city.

Despite all this, Blackhawk Tech President Tom Eckert recommends that Grassman be hired as dean of advanced manufacturing and transportation. The college’s board of directors must approve his hiring when it meets next month.

Grassman would be responsible for organizing, administering, supervising and evaluating the advanced manufacturing and training division. This at a time when Blackhawk Tech plans to invest millions in renovating the former ANGI Energy Systems building in Milton to create an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

Given Grassman’s job performance issues with the city, does it seem odd that Eckert would tap him for such an important position at Blackhawk Tech?

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Friday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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