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The decision of President Janyne Hodder to resign her post at the College of The Bahamas after a short tenure provides COB and the country with an opportunity to revisit core issues related to the institution’s evolution towards university status.The knee-jerk reaction by some that her departure will harm COB’s transition to university status is based on all sorts of faulty assumptions. It assumes that Mrs. Hodder is the only person in the world who can lead this effort, and that there are no others who can so do. Notoriously unscientific newspaper polls notwithstanding, Mrs. Hodder’s retirement is not Armageddon.
President Hodder has a number of accomplishments and many are grateful for her service and wish her well in her future endeavours. There are others who remain generally displeased with her presidency. It is disingenuous to suggest that all of the criticisms concerning her tenure revolve around her not being a Bahamian.