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BRONSARD AT COLLEGE IN FLORIDA
HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN AS LCCC PRESIDENT AFTER
ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

By P. DOUGLAS FILAROSKI; Times Leader Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 01, 1995     Page: 1A

WILKES-BARRE -- While Luzerne County Community College grapples with fallout from sexual harassment allegations, the school's former president and chief accused has moved on -- to another college.
    Donald Bronsard, who resigned March 16 from LCCC amid sexual harassment allegations, was hired as an administrator at Edward Waters College, a small, African Methodist Episcopal school in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Bronsard's resignation from his $90,000-per-year post came five years after joining LCCC, and two weeks before a school investigator released a report detailing his alleged wrongdoing on March 30.
    A day later, Bronsard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of official oppression for illicitly taping conversations with Luzerne County Commissioner Rose Tucker.
    Since then, the 6,000-student school hired a new president and revamped its sexual harassment policy.
    At its September faculty orientation, the college brought in a federal government expert on sexual harassment to educate faculty and administrators and to try to ease tension.
    In Harrisburg in early October, school attorneys and Bronsard -- participating by conference call -- discussed ongoing sexual harassment charges filed by five women with the state Human Relations Commission.
    Word of Bronsard's hiring at the 900-student Florida school dismayed one female LCCC employee among those who filed charges.
    "I'm shocked," said Kathy Goeringer, a publications director. "It just goes to show you that no matter what some people do, they land on their feet ... Whatever happened to background checks?"
    Edward Waters President Dr. Jesse Burns did not return several phone calls Tuesday. When contacted at his office, Bronsard declined comment."I really have nothing to say," he said.
    A clerk in the payroll office said Bronsard was hired April 13 as special assistant to the president. She would not disclose his salary.
    Current LCCC President Tom Moran, hired in April to replace Bronsard, said he doubted Edward Waters' officials had contacted LCCC about Bronsard because Tuesday was the first he had heard of his new job.
    Bronsard likely landed the job before his guilty plea and the release of the report detailing his wrongdoing, Moran said.
    Other LCCC officials, including board of trustees members, did not return calls, nor did other Edward Waters administrators and board members.
    Bronsard was sentenced to 23 months probation and 50 hours of community service for pleading guilty to the taping charges.
    His probation and sentence was transferred to Duval County, Florida, where probation officer Kelly Akin said Bronsard is reporting monthly and receiving his community service assignment as a clerk with a non-profit agency.
    "He's fulfilling the obligations of his parole," Akin said.
    Bronsard and his wife, Patricia, sold their rural Wright Township home for $265,000 in June, according to Luzerne County records. The couple bought the house for $257,000 when they moved to Luzerne County after Bronsard's tenure at the nation's largest single-campus community college, in California.
    Bronsard joins a college administration that is trying to recover from scandal as well as financial troubles, indicate reports in the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville.
    The school fired its director of special programs in 1994 after learning the man hired to secure grants falsified his resume and had been convicted of stealing $28,000 in federal grants in 1976, the newspaper reported.
    Later that year the newspaper reported that 18 companies and individuals had filed suits against the college, seeking payments of nearly $250,000 in unpaid bills.
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