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Stanley to cooperate with interim president search, university council votes no confidence in board

October 18, 2022
"We have 9,200 incoming freshman, it sets the record as the largest incoming freshman class in school history," Stanley said on August 28, 2021.
"We have 9,200 incoming freshman, it sets the record as the largest incoming freshman class in school history," Stanley said on August 28, 2021.

President Samuel Stanley Jr. said he will cooperate with the Board of Trustees in its search for a new interim president, an announcement which came five days after his 90-day notice of resignation. 

“I intend to cooperate with the board on a transition to an interim president and ensure as much stability as I can," Stanley said.

Stanley stated these plans at the Oct. 18 university council meeting. At the meeting, the council, which is composed of administrators, faculty members and students, also passed a no-confidence vote in the MSU Board of Trustees. 

The no-confidence vote passed 85 to six, making it the third vote of no-confidence in the Board of Trustees to pass in MSU governing bodies recently.

At the council meeting, several members of the university council also shared they will be meeting with the board tomorrow via Zoom to discuss the selection of an interim president and to voice concerns regarding the board’s conduct. The meetings will include deans and associate provosts, members of the faculty senate and student leaders from various governing groups.  

Councilmember and Faculty Senate Chairperson Karen Kelly-Blake said the next step will be to send out a no-confidence vote to the academic congress on Oct. 19. 

Kelly-Blake said in order to accurately educate people on the board actions that led up to the vote, they will also be emailed information, links, statements and reports to inform their decision. She also encouraged students and faculty who want to learn more to attend the teach-in on academic governance on Oct. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility. 

“The board has ventured into areas that are not within their domain,” Kelly-Blake said. "That's what this is about. They have decided to meddle into the day-to-day business affairs of the university, and that is not their role. … The board has to do what a board is supposed to do, and stay exactly where they're supposed to stay and not encroach on other areas of the university and how it's run because that is the wrong thing to do."

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