MACOMB — A “no confidence” majority has not been met in the Faculty Senate-administered Western Illinois University administration confidence vote according to the chairperson of the board of trustees.
After tabulating the results of the Western Illinois University confidence vote, 42 percent of the faculty have indicated they have “no confidence” in the current university administration.
According to Darcie Shinberger, university relations director and assistant vice president for advancement and public services, the Faculty Senate received 109 votes indicating those faculty members had confidence in the administration. There were 213 voting no confidence. The number of faculty not voting was 181.
“Therefore, the vote cast for no confidence does not reflect the majority of the faculty,” Shinberger said. “According to the Senate constitution, a majority vote is required for the referendum to pass.”
The last day for ballots to be returned to the Faculty Senate was Thursday.
The ballot was distributed to all faculty after the Senate received a petition circulated by faculty members. University Professionals of Illinois leaders previously told the Voice that the petition was directed by individual faculty; not by the union.
The ballot question delivered to faculty read: “In accordance with Faculty Senate bylaws, at least 20 percent of the faculty have signed a petition (to) vote ‘I have confidence in the administrative leadership of Western Illinois University’ or ‘I have no confidence in the administrative leadership of Western Illinois University.’
WIU Board of Trustees Chairwoman Cathy Early stated in response to the vote’s tabulation: “We value our faculty, and we certainly respect the differing points of view. When the results of the vote are formally brought forward to the Board of Trustees at our next meeting, we will discuss further. However, it is important to note that of the 506 faculty to whom ballots were sent, only 42 percent voted no. According to the Faculty Senate Constitution, a majority vote is required for a referendum to pass.”
“As stated previously, including the most recent Board meeting, the Board supports the university administration. It is the opinion of the WIU Board of Trustees that the university administration has maintained the university's viability, as they were asked to do, during these unprecedented times of financial crisis and has continued to move the university forward.”

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