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Saint Xavier Faculty Calls for President's Removal

April 21, 2021

The Saint Xavier University faculty approved a vote of no confidence measure against President Laurie Joyner and called on the university’s Board of Trustees to replace her, professors announced this week. Some 65 percent of voting faculty members supported the resolution, according to information from the faculty. Critics of Joyner say the university has increased the maximum number of students in a class, limited courses offered and moved to reshape the curriculum under her leadership in ways that undermine student learning and negatively impact the campus climate.

The governing board has expressed its confidence in Joyner since the vote. Last year, citing pressures related to COVID-19, Saint Xavier said it would no longer recognize the Faculty Representative Committee or the faculty collective bargaining agreement. The university said in a statement that Joyner is pursuing a "transformational agenda" and that the university's shared governance structure "now mirrors that of the vast majority of universities and invites faculty participation through [the] Faculty Senate."

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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