Category Archives: Governance

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Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Nashville State Community College maintains such an oppressive climate for its faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Nashville State’s executives sought to surreptitiously identify which faculty members were being confidentially interviewed by investigators from Middle Tennessee State University. Several administrators, including George H. Van Allen, the college’s presid…

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U. of California President’s Office Faces New Scrutiny After Scathing Audit

The fallout continues for Janet Napolitano, president of the 10-campus University of California system, following a scathing state-audit report that accused her office of hiding tens of millions of dollars in secret reserve funds and of tampering with what were supposed to be confidential responses from the campuses in a survey the auditor sent to them.

According to The Mercury News, the university’s Board of Regents agreed during a special meeting on Thursday to hire an independent consultant…

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Faculty Votes No Confidence in President of Cal State San Bernardino

Following a heated debate on Tuesday, the Faculty Senate at California State University at San Bernardino voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Tomás D. Morales.

The Press-Enterprise reported that the measure passed, 21 to 15, following an hourlong discussion about what some faculty members viewed as a toxic campus climate and complaints over shared governance. Tensions have built for some time on the San Bernardino campus, where last year faculty members were planning a work stopp…

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Purdue’s Faculty Senate Seeks to Rescind Kaplan Deal

Saying Purdue University’s purchase of Kaplan University violated “both common-sense educational practice and respect for the Purdue faculty,” the university’s Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to ask Purdue’s leaders to reconsider the deal.

Following a two-hour meeting, the Senate voted, 46 to 8 with one abstention, on a resolution calling on the president and Board of Trustees “to rescind any decisions, to the degree possible, made without faculty input.” The vote came just one …

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U. of Utah President to Step Down Amid Cancer-Institute Controversy

Updated (5/2/2017, 12:13 p.m.) with news of a memorandum central to the dispute.

David W. Pershing, president of the University of Utah, said on Monday that he planned to step down, making him apparently the latest casualty of a controversy that erupted two weeks ago, when the head of the university’s Huntsman Cancer Institute was abruptly removed.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Mr. Pershing said he had planned to step down following the 2017-18 academic year, and to announce his intentions…

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Kristina Johnson Is Named Chancellor of SUNY

Kristina M. Johnson, a former under secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, has been named the next chancellor of the State University of New York system, the Board of Trustees announced on Monday. Nancy L. Zimpher, the current chancellor, will step down in June after eight years at the helm.

As chancellor, Ms. Johnson will lead 64 four-year and community colleges that serve more than 400,000 students. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the sy…

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Faculty Union at Rider U. Votes No Confidence in University’s President

Updated (4/19/2017, 7:07 p.m.) with a statement by President Dell’Omo.

Members of Rider University’s faculty union have voted no confidence in the New Jersey institution’s president, Gregory G. Dell’Omo, with 75 percent of the votes against him.

“A series of rash actions by President Dell’Omo and a decade of dubious financial management by his financial team has compelled Rider’s faculty to pass the motion,” the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors said in a …

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Baylor U.’s Pick as New President Will Be First Woman at Its Helm

Linda A. Livingstone, dean and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business, will be the new president of Baylor University, it announced on Tuesday in a news release.

She will be the first woman to serve as president of the Texas institution, the world’s largest Baptist university, and will take office on June 1.

Ms. Livingstone’s appointment will serve as a clean slate for Baylor after an investigation last year revealed that the university had failed to take …

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Black Professors at Kentucky State Vote No Confidence in Faculty Senate’s President

Updated (4/7/2017, 2:31 p.m.) with comment from the president of the Faculty Caucus of Color.

Members of the Faculty Caucus of Color at Kentucky State University have voted to express the “highest confidence” in Karen Bearden, chairwoman of the Board of Regents, but no confidence in Kimberly Sipes, president of the Faculty Senate.

Last month the Faculty Senate at the historically black university, in Frankfort, Ky., voted no confidence in Ms. Bearden following a rocky presidential search. Black …

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Penn State Trustee Who Made Comment on Sandusky Victims Won’t Seek Re-Election

A Pennsylvania State University trustee who recently said he was “running out of sympathy” for Jerry Sandusky’s sexual-abuse victims, indicated on Wednesday he wouldn’t seek re-election to the board, reports the student newspaper The Daily Collegian.

Albert L. Lord’s remarks about victims, which he made in an email to The Chronicle, drew criticism nationally. Mr. Lord issued a statement this week apologizing for that comment and amending it to distinguish between “real victims and alleged victim…