Coppin State Faculty Votes ‘No Confidence’ in President Reginald Avery
The Baltimore Sun today reports that university faculty have forwarded a vote of ‘no confidence’ in CSU President Reginald Avery to University of Maryland System leadership.
The problems identified by the faculty include: The second-highest administrative position in the university, the provost, has been filled by four people in the same number of years; the number of cabinet-level staff members has more than doubled under Avery, increasing the university’s debt; three of Coppin’s five schools have not had deans at their helms for several years; the institution’s failure to disburse $800,000 in need-based aide to students in 2011; and questionable hiring practices, among other complaints.
In a letter to Avery, informing him Wednesday of Monday’s faculty vote, Eugene wrote that “the faculty body’s vote of no confidence in your leadership should … be understood first and foremost as an expression of its commitment to our students and secondly as a manifestation of its lack of confidence in your ability to lead this institution in the direction that best serves our students.” (Baltimore Sun)
Dr. Avery, an alumnus of North Carolina A&T, was named Coppin president in 2008.