Resolution in Response to CSU San Bernardino No-Confidence Vote
On Tuesday, May 9 the CSU San Bernardino Faculty Senate passed a “Resolution of No Confidence in the President of California State University, San Bernardino.” Prior to that vote, former Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees Lou Monville and Paul Granillo, a community member, published an op-ed piece against the resolution entitled “Academic Senates Need More Transparency” (http://www.sbsun.com/opinion/20170508/academic- senates-need-more-transparency-guest-commentary). Monville and Granillo are both graduates of CSUSB and both were members of the presidential search committee that resulted in the hiring of CSUSB President Morales. The piece takes an extremely uncollegial tone when criticizing academic senates. And in it Monville and Granillo break the confidentiality of the presidential search process by referencing confidential deliberations among committee members and referring to an applicant in such a way as to make identifying by name easy. The breach of confidentiality is an egregious violation of the very principles the Chancellor and Board of Trustees have used to justify closed presidential searches. And the tone of the op-ed shows a complete lack of respect for the principles of collegial shared governance and the piece misunderstands the robust, and at times passionate debate necessary to the pursuit of knowledge in the university.
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 President 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 sidesteps 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.
This resolution expresses the SSU Academic Senate’s support for our CSUSB colleagues faced with the difficult decision to take a vote of no confidence, our serious concern about former Chair Monville’s breach of the confidentiality of the presidential search process and Chancellor’s White’s letter to the CSUSB community, and calls for an investigation into the reasons for the CSUSB senate vote.
Resolution of No Confidence in the President of California State University, San Bernardino http://senate.csusb.edu/Resolutions/(FSD16-17)VNC_signed.pdf
Paul Granillo and Lou Monville, Academic Senates Need More Transparency: Guest Commentary, San Bernardino Sun, May 8, 2017 http://www.sbsun.com/opinion/20170508/academic-senates-need-more-transparency- guest-commentary
Stanislaus State Academic Senate, Sense of the Senate Resolution: 12/AS/17 Support for the San Bernardino Academic Senate, May 9, 2017
Letter from Academic Senate CSU Chair Chris Miller to “My Senate Colleagues at CSU San Bernardino,” May 9, 2017
Memorandum: Open Letter to Faculty, Staff and Students, California State University, San Bernardino from Chancellor Timothy P. White, May 10, 2017