The Faculty Senate at Clemson (S.C.) University unanimously passed a resolution yesterday expressing its “lost trust” in the administration of President James Barker.
The unanimous vote was surprising – as was the fact that the Greenville News actually got off of its Clemson-sympathizing ass and covered the event.
From the News article:
The resolution also seeks a greater role for faculty members in the operations of the administration on compensation issues. The Faculty Senate vote calls for annual reports from Barker on administrative and faculty raises and representation on the university’s administrative council, the provost’s advisory council and the board of trustees’ compensation committee.
Barker said after the vote that he has met with the incoming Faculty Senate president and will work toward greater transparency and accountability. He said he will review the salaries to determine whether faculty and administrative pay are out of balance. He didn’t commit to allowing faculty representation on the university councils.
Of course Barker didn’t commit to the one thing that would actually give Clemson professors some assurance that this sort of crap wouldn’t happen again … how else
He did commit to singing a little “Kum Ba Yah” though …
Barker and Provost Dori Helms said that they aren’t surprised to see the issue arise in the current economy. The discussion is a sign of a healthy university where people with diverse views can come together and work together to move forward, they said.
Awwww … “someone’s crying, my Lord, Kum Ba Yah …”
Anyway, our little website was quite the subject of conversation, too.
Professor Bill Surver – who is to lead the Faculty Senate next year – reportedly ripped FITS as a “rag,” and questioned how we were able to get a copy of the draft resolution as quickly as we did.
Honey, you shouldn’t have …