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Saturday, October 13, 2001 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Spokane colleges fire chancellor

SPOKANE — The chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane has been fired.

Charles Taylor was dismissed Thursday by a unanimous vote of the colleges' Board of Trustees.

Board members didn't give any reasons for firing Taylor.

Taylor was hired in 1999 and has been praised by some business leaders for his efforts at work-force training. But he also has been criticized, particularly by faculty members who said he had a divisive leadership style, and for his demotion of several top executives.

Three months ago, the board renewed Taylor's contract as chancellor and chief executive, approved his annual salary of $155,000 and gave him a $15,000 bonus.

Don Brunner, a tenured faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College, said Taylor took professional differences personally and reacted negatively to people who disagreed with him.

Vice Chancellor Connie Sherman will be acting chancellor until the board appoints a successor.

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