Updated (4/20/2017, 7:10 p.m.) with statement from the university’s board.

Faculty members at Fordham University have voted no confidence in the university’s president, the Rev. Joseph M. McShane, reports The Fordham Ram, a student newspaper.

The vote, conducted on Wednesday, was a reaction to a recent salary and benefits package offered by university administrators, according to the Ram. In the final tally, announced Wednesday evening, 431 faculty members voted that they have no confidence in Father McShane, while 57 voted they are confident in his leadership.

After the vote, Father McShane said in an email to the campus that he still supported faculty members. The outcome of the vote “in no way diminishes the high regard that I have for them, or the pride I have in all that they have achieved in their research,” he wrote.

In a statement, the university’s Board of Trustees said it “stands fully behind Father McShane and his administration.” It said that the budget Father McShane creates for the board’s approval “must try to balance many competing needs, including salary and benefits, tuition, and financial aid.”


Faculty members proposed a vote of no confidence at their April 7 meeting to signal their dissatisfaction with newly proposed health-care contracts, salaries, and additional benefits, according to The Observer, another student newspaper.