Last fall, four months into her tenure as Provost, the Deans were ready to oust Meredith Hay over her budget over-reaching. She swept their lines without consultation and at the time, the Deans were powerful enough to force her to put it all back. They should have done a vote of “no confidence” then, but they gave her a break and she’s been able to replace a lot of them now. Department Heads gave her a straw vote of “no confidence” last year, but they didn’t make it official. She’s now replacing them. It is imperative that she and Robert Shelton receive faculty votes of “no confidence” this semester, and it is equally imperative that this stuff hit the press. I have no doubt that they are going to try to go after tenured faculty next, even though that seems to be next to impossible. I’ve seen how these two work. Colleagues who use as an excuse for inaction the idea that the entire campus will fall down around their ears anyway, because of the Centennial Hall fiasco, ignore the great damage that will happen to what was once a first-rate university. It will take years to recover from the damage they have already inflicted. If the faculty wait, they may not have the institution in anything like its current form. I urge everyone to press Wanda Howell and the UA faculty to take this step.
[ Originally posted 8/21/09]