Faculty criticize UNC president search process
The UNC Faculty Assembly raises questions about the process used to find the university system's next president. The Board of Governors is expected to make a choice Friday.Posted — Updated
"The failure of the Board to seek the advice and counsel of the staff and faculty is both shortsighted and troubling," the letter reads. "No student attends our campuses, no funding agency or organization provides grants of research support, and no business, governmental entity, or civic organization has come to our institutions seeking public service expertise, because of the teaching, research and service achievements of the Board of Governors or the President of the University.
"Yet the Board continues to act without the advice and counsel of the constituencies whose expertise they need to effectively govern the institution."
A UNC committee is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to set salary, benefits and other contract terms for the new president.
Members of the Board of Governors who have spoken with WRAL News on background have said the newly selected president will have a tougher job because of the cloud handing over the search process. That is also a line of thought faculty members echoed.
"The faculty will not prejudge the commitment of new President to the well-being of the University," the letter read. "But he or she must understand that the secretive character of this search, and his or her own indifference to consulting with staff and faculty when s/he was an active candidate for the position, will make it difficult to win the confidence and trust of the University community."
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