July 2, 2016 |
Some faculty at Temple University, including members of the chemistry department, are rallying to the defense of Hai-Lung Dai, the provost who was ousted this week with no explanation. Eric Borguet, a chemistry professor, has started a Change.org petition demanding to know why Dai, also a tenured member of the chemistry department, was abruptly relieved of his administrative duties as provost. The petition asks the board of trustees to scrutinize the decision by president Neil D. Theobald.
July 28, 2015
The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia , has elected Jane Palmieri and Chris McIsaac to its board of trustees to serve three-year terms. Palmieri is business president of Dow Building & Construction at the Dow Chemical Co. McIsaac is managing director of planning and development at Vanguard. The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter in Philadelphia has named Cathy Rossi , vice president of public and government affairs at the AAA Mid-Atlantic, to its board. Ballard Spahr partner and former DuPont general counsel Tom Sager has been named to the advisory board of DirectWomen.
April 24, 2015 |
Herman J. Saatkamp Jr., president of Stockton University since 2003, will step down this year, the school announced Wednesday, as it struggles to salvage its proposed Atlantic City Boardwalk campus. His departure comes amid internal criticism of the university's governance and a lack of transparency. Voting by faculty and staff concludes Thursday in a referendum on Saatkamp's leadership. Saatkamp's resignation letter to the board of trustees, dated Tuesday, cites "past and present health considerations and the demands I expect of myself from the office.
August 17, 2014 |
St. Joseph's University, which has faced financial turmoil and faculty unrest over the last year, is getting new leadership. The Rev C. Kevin Gillespie, who became president two years ago, announced Friday that he will resign effective June 2015, the end of his first three-year term. His decision follows a vote of no confidence by the business faculty last spring. John Smithson, senior vice president, will leave at the same time, university officials said. The faculty senate voted no confidence in Smithson in February.
May 21, 2014 |
Administrative unrest continues at St. Joseph's University. Faculty members in the Haub School of Business last week voted "no confidence" in the president, the Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, who has been at the helm for nearly two years. They cited ongoing concerns about the school's financial health and what they called Gillespie's inability to set forth a "unifying and achievable vision for the long-term health and flourishing" of the university. "It's nothing personal," said Claire A. Simmers, professor and chair of the management department.
March 22, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER West Chester University's faculty union and Faculty Senate let the school's trustees know Thursday they do not have the full support of the campus in their backing of legislation that would allow the school and others doing well in finances and enrollment to leave the state system. At the first meeting of West Chester's Council of Trustees since two state senators introduced legislation March 11 meant to give more autonomy to the 14 schools in the State System of Higher Education, faculty representatives told the trustees their concerns include potential tuition increases and a feeling that the trustees and the university president have kept them out of the loop.
February 24, 2014 |
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - When Eric Barron took over as president of Florida State University in early 2010, the school wasn't in trouble. It was in crisis. Dozens of faculty and staff had been laid off, whole departments shuttered or merged, everyone upset by the profound budget cuts imposed by the state legislature. Teachers had lost confidence in the ability of FSU leaders to speak truthfully about the school's deteriorating finances and what that meant for the future. "They had these different faces they wore for different audiences," said professor Sandra Lewis, coordinator of the Visual Disabilities Program.
February 2, 2013 |
A battle over University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann's commitment to diversity has been playing out on the pages of the student newspaper this week. In a letter to the Daily Pennsylvanian, a group of senior faculty in the Africana studies department blasted Gutmann as failing to add leaders of color to her administration while touting diversity as an initiative. Their letter was prompted by Gutmann's decision last month to appoint Steven J. Fluharty, who is white and had been senior vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology, psychology, and neuroscience, as the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
June 11, 2012 |
Rowan University faculty members are considering coming out against legislation that would restructure New Jersey's public universities, potentially adding weight to plan opposition. In a statement released Sunday, university senate president Eric Milou said a proposed joint board overseeing Rowan and Rutgers-Camden would "diminish the autonomy and potential growth of both universities. " The statement proposed that the schools collaborate through other means. "Faculty and staff have consistently demonstrated restraint about the speculation and controversy regarding the possibilities of a reorganization of higher education in NJ," Milou said.
March 5, 2012 |
Faced with declining state revenue, Temple University's provost spent the last year looking at ways to cut costs and improve operations, but some educators on campus aren't pleased with his ideas. In a 25-page white paper, Dick Englert laid out a range of possibilities, perhaps the most controversial of which calls for consolidating or merging several schools and departments. The schools of education and communications and theater, the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and the Tyler School of Art were listed as possible candidates.