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Morehouse College Faculty Votes No Confidence in Board Chair

Faculty members at Morehouse College voted last week to express no confidence in the chairman of its Board of Trustees, Robert C. Davidson, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The vote is at least the second to occur at a historically black college this month. Faculty members at Kentucky State University also voted to express no confidence in the chair of its board last week.

Several people at Morehouse were upset by the board’s January decision not to renew the contract of the college’s president, John Silvanus Wilson Jr., when it expires, in June. “Unfortunately, students (and the faculty that serve them) are being left out of conversations, and their needs are being ignored by the Board of Trustees at Morehouse College,” wrote Marybeth Gasman, director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

“The vote was an opportunity to express our frustrations,” Ulrica Wilson, an associate professor of mathematics, told the Journal-Constitution. Faculty members hope it gets the board’s attention, she added.

Earlier this month, confusion circulated as several news-media outlets falsely reported that Mr. Wilson, who has served as the president of Morehouse since January 2013, had been ousted three months early.

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