Hennepin Technical College President Releases Statement on Harassment Allegations
The president of Hennepin Technical College, Merrill Irving, is under scrutiny after accusations have surfaced of harassment and discrimination.
In a statement to CCX News, Irving said he was “distressed to hear how my comments were perceived as it doesn’t reflect my values.”
Reports say Irving made belittling comments to employees and coworkers. A spokesperson from the Minnesota State colleges and universities system said the comments violated workplace procedures, but not the harassment policy.
Irving released this statement to CCX News:
Every day when I go to work I lead with three values – trust, integrity, and honesty. I was distressed to hear how my comments were perceived as it doesn’t reflect my values. I’ve made it clear to the chancellor that I understand that leadership excellence requires more to be successful. I am dedicated to ensuring that my communication is perceived as positive and respectful.
I am very proud of our team of faculty, staff, and administrators at Hennepin Technical College, and the amazing work we do every day on behalf of our students.”
Irving has been president of Hennepin Technical College since 2015. The college has two campuses, one in Brooklyn Park and another in Eden Prairie.