"No confidence" vote on Mason delayed


POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 5:18pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 5:20pm

"We are not seeing what you're doing. The community is not seeing what you're doing."

Some faculty senate members made their displeasure for Southern System President Ronald Mason clear on Friday at a special meeting on campus. Some of them believe Mason is overstepping his authority. Senate Faculty President Thomas Miller.

"The Faculty Senate believes we need to address the issue of control and authority and operation over the individual campuses," says Miller

he says that's in direct violation of the Louisiana Constitution. Despite that, the Faculty Senate voted 9 to 8 in favor of delaying a "no confidence "vote on Mason.

"Each campus will maintain it's independence," says Mason

Mason attended the Faculty Senate meeting on Friday. He said he's not overstepping his bounds. He's just trying to find a difficult balance between completely controlling the individual universities and having the Southern System continue to go down the same failed path.

"Each Chancellor will still manage his own budget. It's the middle ground we're here to find," says Mason.

It's a step Mason sees as a step towards getting the Chancellor and the faculty to work together instead of apart. This is something Mason says he's already doing.

That may be true, but some faculty members say it's work that's rarely shared with them.

"I pray you find better ways to disseminate this information. Let me what you know you are doing we we really don't know.”

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