The local newspaper in February printed a thorough article about the ATC (Anoka Technical College) faculty union vote of no confidence in President Anne Weyandt.
One of their concerns was hiring practices.
Mayor Bjorn Skogquist of Anoka was placed on staff about that same time.
The ATC foundation members and MnSCU hopefully will take note of these ongoing concerns.
The following questions need to be asked and answered about this particular hire:
- Was the job posted? If so, when, where and for how long?
- What is the job description?
- How many applicants were there? How many were interviewed?
- What was the selection criteria?
- What were the required educational qualifications?
- What was the required work experience?
The ATC website, www.anokatech.edu/atchiresnewemployee , gives the impression of a job that was crafted for and offered to one particular individual.
This website calls Bjorn Skogquist "a Business and Education Solutions Manager".
However, general public knowledge has Mr. Skogquist possessing only a high school diploma. The last HR dept that may have a file on him is Menard's. He was a part-time flooring specialist there in 2006.
There is no public record of any business or education specific management training or experience.
Mr. Skogquist was elected in 2000 (took office in 2001) as part-time, ceremonial mayor of Anoka with a current salary of $8,817 per year.
Being mayor has no qualifications but resident over age 21 and a $20 filing fee.
The mayor presides at 3 evening council meetings a month and attends various public events in a figurehead capacity.
In council/manager govt., such as Anoka has, the mayor has no authority beyond his one public vote with no power to veto. He cannot legally direct staff or make deals/decisions apart from the full council.
Being mayor is not an administrative, management or educational function.
The ATC hiring of Mr. Skogquist mocks Weyandt's new mission of "rich academic quality and rigor."
And it certainly adds credence and builds urgency to the faculty union's vote of no confidence.