Faculty Votes No Confidence in President of Sacramento State

April 29, 2007

Faculty members at California State University at Sacramento have decisively expressed a lack of confidence in President Alexander Gonzalez’s leadership, The Sacramento Bee reported. Results of the nonbinding referendum were tallied on Friday, the newspaper said, and 464 ballots, or 77 percent, went against Mr. Gonzalez; 134, or 23 percent, were in his favor. Two instructors officially abstained.

The vote approved a resolution expressing anger about Mr. Gonzalez’s handling of finances at a campus facing a $6.5-million structural deficit, and accusing him of shortchanging academic affairs while putting money instead into promotion and student recruitment. Michael Fitzgerald, chair of the Faculty Senate, said the vote was a statement that faculty members “really want the president to pay close attention to the academic budget.”

In a written response to the vote, Mr. Gonzalez pledged to seek professors’ views as he develops measures for dealing with the campus’s problems. The university system, meanwhile, expressed confidence in his leadership. —Charles Huckabee