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Eastern Michigan Faculty Votes No Confidence in President

December 8, 2021

The Eastern Michigan University Faculty Senate voted no confidence in James Smith, president of the university, and two other top administrators Tuesday. The no-confidence resolutions contained a variety of complaints from the faculty, including concerns about a potential university plan to privatize student housing, lack of shared governance and communications about COVID-19.

The no-confidence resolutions also call on the Board of Trustees to take “corrective action” or to terminate Smith, Chief of Staff Leigh Greden and Chief Financial Officer Michael Valdes.

“We don’t take this decision lightly,” Suzanne Gray, president of the Faculty Senate, said in a press release. “President Smith and his administration have repeatedly ignored our concerns and abandoned the value of shared governance that is essential to a successful teaching and learning community. The university’s academic mission has not been in the foreground in any of the decisions cited in these resolutions.”

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