A “no confidence” resolution has been overwhelmingly approved by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s faculty senate. The vote was 24-1 Wednesday on the resolution against UW System President Ray Cross and the UW Board of Regents.
In a statement released by the school, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller said:
“I deeply respect the right of the members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Faculty Senate to express their concerns regarding President Cross and the UW Board of Regents. I appreciated the thoughtful nature of the discussion and I certainly understand the collective challenges we are facing. However, I cannot support this action,” said Miller. “This is an important transitional time for American public higher education. The most precious values of this incredibly important enterprise are being questioned and funding is being reduced. This time, more than any in our recent history requires the full application of our interdisciplinary spirit – a commitment to evidenced-based action, constant and constructive dialog, appreciation of the full range of views and opinions and a fearless engagement of the problem at hand. This, I believe, is the only way to collaboratively shepherd our precious Academy through these difficult times.”
According to an agenda on the university’s website, the resolution calls for UW leaders “to recommit themselves to the Wisconsin Idea by carrying out their responsibilities and working with us to strengthen the quality of our state universities, in particular by working with the state legislature to make a positive case for improved access, affordability, and educational resources for our students.”
Similar votes have been held at UW campuses in Madison, Milwaukee, La Crosse and River Falls.