Provost gets ‘no confidence’ from Stanage

By Dawn Panka

Although Provost Kendall Baker is beginning to correct what some felt were wrongdoings, he still receives a vote of “no confidence” from Faculty Senate member Sherman Stanage.

“The Provost at the present time has my vote of ‘no confidence’ in his statements, decisions, and executive actions as provost,” Stanage said.

Stanage said he feels there are three unresolved issues, although Baker has commented on the problems.

“Questions still remain as to the college structure, the deanship structure and the appointment of an interim or acting dean of the unit involved,” Stanage said. “He still receives a vote of ‘no confidence.'”

Baker said, “I have talked with the faculty senate and the executive committee, and have responded to those issues that were raised. We are moving forward in accordance with the discussions I have had with the executive committee.”

Stanage would not comment on the amount of faculty support he has on the issue.

“The structures and the functions and the goals of the continuing education at this university and the ways in which all of these relate to existing colleges and financial resources of this university are matters of the utmost importance to all faculty and students of this university,” Stanage said.

In memo to Senate members dated Thursday, Baker agreed to write a letter to the College of Continuing Education staff apologizing for requiring them to attend mandatory group counseling sessions after a member of the college’s staff died.

“My questions are why he allowed it to happen in the first place and why it has taken him so long to apologize,” Stanage said.

Baker also has agreed to allow faculty representation on the Provost’s task force saddled with collecting information about Continuing Education.

“He has said teaching faculty will be added to the task force and to the executive committee,” Stanage said. “And he has, under some considerable pressure, one has to believe, consulted with the Faculty Senate at long last. But three serious issues remain.”

Stanage said he intends to pursue the issue of continuing education further.

“I will try to continue to insist the issues surrounding the Continuing Education affair be made as much a matter of public knowledge in a public university as possible,” Stanage said.

“The debate on these issues must continue because the stakes are very high not only for 60 people in that unit, but for the whole university,” he said.