Former Coastal Bend College interim VP alleges retaliation after raising concerns over grade changes

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A former interim vice president of a community college claims she was fired as retaliation after making allegations that a number of administrators were involved in changing grades of nursing students.

Matilda Saenz, who served as interim vice president of instruction at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, filed the grievance complaint in May, alleging she was the target of 27 separate actions by seven administrators.

She was terminated on Aug. 27, according to Corpus Christi Caller Times.

The complaint of retaliation, filed May 21, came less than a week after she submitted a report on the alleged grade changes to the college’s board of trustees.

In the submission to the trustees, Saenz stated that when 228 grade change forms landed in her office for signature, they were already stamped by the registrar for approval, but without faculty signatures.

All of Saenz’s grievances — accusing administrators of fraud, insubordination, student coercion, and nepotism — were dismissed by the college.

One student, Ross Powell, filed a complaint in July with the Student Services Department, claiming there was an attempt to coerce him into filing a grievance complaint against Saenz.

He alleges that a dean at the school asked him to gather other students to file the complaint.

“Specifically, we were asked to name a Dr. Saenz as the source of the school’s issues,” Powell wrote in his complaint form. He further stated he did not know Saenz prior to this encounter, and refused the request to make allegations against Saenz.

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