Expression of Respect for CSU San Bernardino (CSUSB) No-Confidence Vote in
President Tomás Morales

 

AS-3297-17/EX

ATTACHMENT 1 TO AS-3297-17/EX
ATTACHMENT 2 TO AS-3297-17/EX

 


RESOLVED
: That the Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) express its respect for the thoughtful process engaged in by the CSU San Bernardino Faculty Senate leading up to its resolution of no confidence in President Tomás Morales, and the principled decision to send the matter to a referendum of the full faculty; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU express concern about Chancellor Timothy White’s May 10, 2017 “Open Letter to Faculty, Staff and Students, California State San Bernardino,” which fails to address the serious issues raised by the CSUSB senate resolution of no confidence; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm its support for AS-3075-12/Shared Governance Committee Procedures for Dealing with a Vote of No Confidence, and again urge the Board of Trustees to create a policy guiding their and the Chancellor’s response to votes of no confidence in presidents by campus faculty, with the addition of representation from ASCSU leadership to the committee established to investigate the conflict; and be it further

 

RESOLVED:  That in the absence of such a policy, the Academic Senate CSU strongly urge the Board of Trustees and Chancellor White to follow the steps recommended in AS-3075-12 to investigate the issues raised in the CSUSB vote of no confidence resolution; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, and Campus academic senates.


RATIONALE
: 
On Tuesday, May 9 the CSU San Bernardino Faculty Senate passed “Resolution of No Confidence in the President of California State University, San Bernardino.”  In his letter to faculty, staff and students after the resolution was passed, Chancellor White expressed his and the Board of Trustees’“full and unequivocal support” for CSUSB President Tomás Morales. The letter only very briefly acknowledges “some concerns regarding campus climate that emerged from a faculty-administered survey.” The bulk of the letter details the reasons why President Morales continues to enjoy the support of the Chancellor and Board. The letter fails to address a central point: faculty do not conduct a vote of no confidence in a President lightly; and if successful, those votes are an indication of a serious, underlying problem in administrative leadership that deserves investigation by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees. This resolution expresses the ASCSU’s respect for the thoughtful process engaged in by the CSUSB Faculty Senate leading up to the vote and our concern about Chancellor White’s letter to the CSUSB community. It calls for the Board of Trustees (BOT) to establish a policy to guide the BOT and Chancellor’s Office response to votes of no confidence and calls upon Chancellor White to investigate the reasons for the CSUSB vote of no confidence in President Morales.

 

Sources

  • Resolution of No Confidence in the President of California State University, San Bernardino http://senate.csusb.edu/Resolutions/(FSD16- 17)VNC_signed.pdf
  • Memorandum: Open Letter to Faculty, Staff and Students, California State University, San Bernardino from Chancellor Timothy P. White, May 10, 2017
  • AS-3075-12/Shared Governance Committee Procedures for Dealing With a Vote of No Confidence

 

 

 

Approved Unanimously – May 18-19, 2017

 

 

 

 


 
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