This story is awkward to tell.But it’s necessary to tell it because the Board of Governors of Red River College has decided to hide from the public the real reason for the abrupt disappearance of Stephanie Forsyth, the college’s president and CEO for the past four years.
When pressed for more detail, Board chairman Richard Lennon elected to play word games. The Alice-in-Wonderland fairy tale woven by Lennon was captured best in the Winnipeg Free Press:
“Lennon said the board did not ask Forsyth to go and he insisted it would be inaccurate to say she resigned — Red River’s favoured phrase is that Forsyth stepped down.
“She approached the board and that led to a discussion,…”
“There’s an agreement — we don’t discuss the terms of a staff member‘s departure.”
But Stephanie Forsyth wasn’t just a staff member. She was the staffer at the very top. From the day her hiring was announced, she was touted as a role model for women and for aboriginals, each community able to point to one of their own in charge in one of the most powerful jobs in the province.Her mysterious departure is a black eye for both of them — women and aboriginals.
A gay sex scandal.
Another high profile, high ranking college administrator had vacated their office on the QT before the new school year started — and when Stephanie Forsyth was still the college president.
But the Board of Governors has now opened the question: did the gay sex scandal have any bearing on Stephanie Forsyth’s departure?