Leadership & Governance

Up-or-Down Votes on Deans? An Unusual System Feeds Tension at U. of Miami

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Three times in the past few years, faculty members have voted to oust deans. Twice they’ve been overruled by the university’s president, Donna E. Shalala.
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The University of Miami has an unusual system in which all faculty members get a vote—albeit a nonbinding one—on whether to retain their dean. That’s given Miami an even more unusual problem, now that three leading deans have been rejected.


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