D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is right in advocating having the University of the District of Columbia Community College where the need is [“Fired president seeking UDC pay,” Metro, Dec. 21].
He is wrong, however, in trying to keep the college on North Capitol Street. Moving it to the main campus on Connecticut Avenue will save millions every year and ensure better use of space. The university has a plan to have a branch campus in every ward in the city. It has not been implemented because the city has not provided the funds to do so.
The problem is that President Allen L. Sessoms started the community college without additional money from the city. The mayor and the D.C. Council have the oversight responsibility to know how taxpayer dollars are spent. But the future of higher education will be much brighter if city politicians stop micromanaging the university.
Mohamed A. El-Khawas, Washington
The writer is a professor at UDC. He was president of the UDC Faculty Association from May 2008 to August 2012.