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Nov 30, 2009 9:25 PM by Monica Quintero

Cuesta's president speaking out for first time since resignation

Cuesta College President David Pelham sat down with KSBY News for the first time since announcing his resignation. Here are the facts first-- Pelham will be leaving Cuesta College at the end of December. He started at the school in March of 2008. Pelham has accepted a job serving as Director of a women's college in Abu Dhabi

Cuesta College had been abuzz after Pelham sent out an email that he was resigning. Pelham said, "I'd been giving it a lot of thought as to whether I was a good fit for what Cuesta needs to move forward and frankly, came to the conclusion that I didn't think I was." In the November 16th email, he cited a campus culture of bitterness as one of the reasons for his departure. "When I came here I thought we were going to try and make some changes," said Pelham. "I think with everything else going on that those changes have stalled."

He also addressed another statement. It said, "We have to be able to disagree on issues without undermining the credibility of the person with whom we disagree." Pelham's response, "I think there are people on campus occasionally and sometimes more than occasionally, if they're not going to be effective at attacking the person's argument, they will attack the person and their credibility."

Despite his choice to leave, Pelham made clear he believes Cuesta is an outstanding college and he has positive feelings towards the institution.
We also asked for Pelham's perspective on Cuesta's Board of Trustees. He said he doesn't believe there needs to be major changes to the board and he was pleased with the board's support during his time as President.

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