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SOU professors express lack of confidence in school's leadership

 Posted: 4:10 PM March 05, 2014

Southern Oregon University professors overwhelmingly lack confidence in the school's administration, a confidential vote by faculty shows.

The week-long vote's findings were released today by the faculty senate and show that the majority of faculty has no confidence in the ability of Vice President of Finance and Administration Craig Morris, Provost Jim Klein and President Mary Cullinan.

Morris received no-confidence votes from 76 percent of the faculty and confidence votes from 7 percent, while the remaining 17 percent didn't vote.

Klein received no-confidence votes from 71 percent of faculty and confidence votes from 14 percent, while 15 percent didn't vote.

Cullinan received no-confidence votes from 63 percent of faculty and confidence votes from 20 percent, while 17 percent didn't vote.

"The fiscal mismanagement of these administrators has exacerbated the financial challenges that SOU continues to face," David Carter, chairman of the faculty senate, said in a release.

The senate voted Feb. 10 in favor of holding the confidential vote and held the vote from Feb. 25 through March 3.

"The vote was held in response to long standing concerns of SOU faculty over the lack of effective leadership provided by these administrators," Carter said.

Per Oregon law, because more than two thirds of the faculty voted no confidence in Morris and Klein, the faculty senate will make a recommendation to Cullinan for their removal from their positions.

The senate plans to discuss their further actions during its next regular meeting, March 10.

— Teresa Ristow

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