Published Thu, Sep 29, 2011 8:01 am Dateline
Hocking College's new president, who is the old president, says students returning to classes this week will see a different but the same president.
Ron Erickson was rehired as president of the Nelsonville school Tuesday night after being ousted in June over a conflict with the Board of Trustees.
Erickson says he's still on cloud nine about his reinstatement.
He says the Board of Trustees meeting where he was rehired was amazing.
"The emotions just were incredible and the support from the people in the room was unbelievable. My daughter, my 19-year-old daughter burst into tears. She was waiting with me in the car and it's kind of been like Christmas morning ever since then," says Erickson.
Erickson says that he is still the same guy, but his presidency will look a little different this time around.
One reason is that there are new members of the Board of Trustees.
"I do think we'll see changes based on this new relationship and based on this new board; but essentially I'm the same guy I always was. I'm in the same office I always had and I think the campus will benefit from that kind of stability right now," says Erickson.
Erickson says the new Board of Trustees will help him measure the most important goals for the institution and will keep him accountable.
Board of Trustees member Pat Light resigned yesterday after Erickson's reinstatement.
She says she still thought the decision to dismiss Erickson was the right one and could not support his return.