Faculty Senate schedules meeting for vote of no confidence in MSU trustees
An emergency meeting of MSU Faculty Senate to hold a vote of no confidence in MSU's Board of Trustees has been scheduled for Feb. 13.
The meeting will be held at 3:15 p.m. in room 115 of the International Center. Robert LaDuca, associate dean for administration and academic governance and at-large member of the MSU Steering Committee, confirmed the meeting Monday.
If Faculty Senate votes no confidence, it will call for all members of the board to resign immediately.
"The vote is legally non-binding, but we hope it carries the moral weight of the faculty community,” LaDuca said.
MSU Academic Congress overwhelmingly approved the no confidence vote in a faculty-wide ballot Saturday. Of the total votes received, 1,907 voted yes and 192 voted no. Sixty-two faculty members abstained. The ballots sent electronically total 2,776.
Academic Congress is composed of all faculty at the university, LaDuca said.
The Steering Committee released a statement Jan. 30 threatening a vote of no confidence if the board appointed former governor John Engler as interim president, citing concerns that the board ignored student and faculty suggestions.
Engler was appointed Jan. 31 and the committee immediately called for the vote.
MSU Residence Halls Association unanimously voted no confidence in the board Thursday.