Eastern Michigan Faculty Withdraws Reps From Presidential Search Committee
Faculty at Eastern Michigan University voted to withdraw participation from a search committee for the school’s next president.
**PLEASE NOTE** This story premiered live at 5:45 p.m on 10/21/2015 during All Things Considered. During that airing it was implied that the Faculty Senate had removed three participants from the Presidential search committee. They, in fact, have only removed one (they did not accept the Board of Regent's offer to add two additional representatives). This is a decision made and acted upon by the Faculty Senate, a-cross college organization of faculty that works as an advisory body to the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.
Members of the faculty senate now join the All Union Council in protesting the school's closed search process by removing their representatives from the committee. The union withdrew their representative last week.
Faculty Senate President Sandy Norton says teachers could accept a variation of a closed search process if the final candidates are publicly announced.
She says Wednesday's vote sends a clear message.
“It’s unacceptable….to have a completely closed search at a public university.”
Norton says a letter announcing the decision will now be sent to the Board of Regents.
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