LAS CRUCES – Professors and students at New Mexico State University have had enough of the school administration and have called on the board of regents to order the chancellor to remove President John Floros and the Marshal Carol Parker.
On Thursday, NMSU’s faculty and student senate passed votes of no confidence in the school’s president and provost. In similar resolutions, Senate bodies claim that the university is spending too much money on administration and that the administration is not listening to their concerns.
“I really treasure this university. I’ve been working on this for almost 25 years, ”Faculty Senator Susan Beck, professor of library science, said at the Faculty’s Senate meeting on Thursday. “I have seen a revolving door of administrators, but I have never seen such growth in administrators at a time when we don’t have enough faculty or assistants to teach.”
In 2018, the Board of Regents replaced Chancellor Garrey Carruthers – who received $ 373,450 – with two directors, Floros and Chancellor Dan Arivzu, who receive respectively $ 450,000 and $ 500,000 in base salaries, plus bonuses and other advantages.
Floros reports to Arvizu, who together provides the vision for the entire university system.
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Parker arrived on board as a marshal in July 2019 and earns $ 304,500. The deans of the colleges report to Parker.
The university also employs a vice-chancellor ($ 322,668) and six assistant vice-presidents (combined $ 738,060), according to the faculty’s Senate resolution.
Among the complaints from the Faculty’s Senate is the administration’s decision to merge the College of Education, the College of Health and Social Services, and the Department of Sociology (at the College of Arts and Sciences), to create a new college to be called the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation.
In April, the Faculty’s Senate rejected the proposal to form the new college, but the NMSU administration still submitted the proposal to the Board of Regents, which approved it in May.
Beck said the faculty’s Senate steering committee saw this as an example of disrespect over the past two years and had met Floros on several occasions to voice his concerns, but nothing was wrong. came out of it.
“A leader works with its members, guides and projects a vision,” Beck said. “A leader does not pitch false stories about the obstruction of the faculty Senate, does not complain about department heads not being tough enough on faculty and administrators seeking to revise policies that benefit them.”
The Faculty’s Senate voted for its resolution with 43 yes, 9 no and 4 abstentions.
Student associates at New Mexico State University, a team of elected student leaders, also passed a resolution on Thursday, sponsored by more than 100 students.
Mathew Madrid, president of ASNMSU, said in a letter to the NMSU community that the students are monitoring the situation “negatively affecting the professors who are responsible for teaching the leaders of tomorrow and therefore diminishing the university experience of thousands of students. students.
“Students deserve answers. Students deserve to act. Students will be present every step of the way until there is a resolution,” he wrote.
NMSU issues a response
On Friday, the NMSU sent a statement to the Sun-News in response to the decision of the Faculty Senate.
“The university takes the concerns expressed by our students and professors seriously. Last month, the university began an impartial audit to determine whether the claims are valid. We will make the results of this audit public once it is complete. In the meantime, the university remains committed to the principles of shared governance and focuses on our mission of granting land to serve our students and the people of New Mexico through education, research and outreach. .
Parker sent a letter to all members of the faculty’s Senate and other university officials on Tuesday in response to the no-confidence resolution. She gave examples of her duties and actions which she said “will also show that these claims have no basis.”
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Parker says many of the claims in the resolution occurred before it went into administration.
“I have worked hard to advance the issues that the Faculty’s Senate has focused on in recent years,” Parker said, citing over 100 faculty salary adjustments and his willingness to increase funding for faculty. libraries this year. “The recent progress made in addressing these entrenched challenges has not been recognized by the Senate.”
She added that she knows the value of higher education and hopes to continue doing this work with the faculty.
Faculty Senator Niall Hanan, professor of dryland ecology, said the original Senate resolution declaring they had no confidence was one-sided, but now with the provost’s response, senators have had the opportunity to see both sides and make a more balanced decision.
Parker’s letter did not resonate with many faculty senators.
“(Parker’s) rebuttal is myopic,” said faculty senator Azadeh Osanloo, a professor of educational leadership. “She still cannot clearly see what is being said. She has failed as a leader in her judgment, in her communication and in her ability to work honestly with her stakeholders.”
Once the resolution is submitted to the Board of Regents, it will either be placed on the agenda or submitted for public comment at a future meeting.
Miranda Cyr, a member of the Report for America Corps, can be contacted at [email protected] or @mirandabcyr on Twitter. Show your support for the Report for America program at https://bit.ly/LCSNRFA.