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 stoppage over stalled contract negotiations and complaints that the administrative staff’s numbers and salaries were outpacing those of the faculty.
Leading up to the vote, two alumni wrote an op-ed in The Press-Enterprise accusing the Faculty Senate of bullying Mr. Morales. The op-ed became a point of discussion during the faculty meeting, the newspaper reported, with Janine Kremling, an associate professor of criminal justice, dismissing the allegations of bullying.
Mr. Morales told The Press-Enterprise he’s “not happy about the vote” but does not intend to step down.