ASHLAND, Ore. — Faculty members at Southern Oregon University have given a vote of ‘no confidence’ to three administrators.
The vote was taken Wednesday in response to the ongoing budget problems at the university. According to an e-mail from Faculty Senate Chair David Carter, SOU faculty voted ‘no confidence’ in President Mary Cullinan, Provost James Klein, and Vice President of Finance Craig Morris.
Under Oregon administrative rules, the faculty will send a recommendation asking to remove Klein and Morris.
Carter did not return multiple phone calls asking for comment. A representative in the President’s office said no one was available to speak about the vote.
Update (6:33 p.m.): SOU President Mary Cullinan released a statement Thursday night in response to the ‘no confidence vote:
Southern Oregon University is experiencing the challenges that face many smaller institutions like ours. This is a very stressful time. Difficult faculty contract bargaining, combined with challenging budget decisions, has caused an unprecedented amount of stress on campus.
I deeply appreciate faculty concerns and respect the right of the Faculty Senate to exercise this section of their By-laws. I will continue to work with faculty and administration to finalize the retrenchment plan that will align our costs and revenues while positioning us for strategic investments and a sustainable future.
I will also continue working with faculty, as well as with staff, students, and our external community, to ensure SOU maintains a strong path forward despite the shifting environment around us.