Fort Valley State Faculty Senate Claims Executive Intimidation Following Presidential ‘No Confidence’ Vote
[mpoverlay]Controversy continues to swirl around the Fort Valley State University campus, as the school’s faculty senate has appealed to state legislature to intervene after alleging intimidation and censorship tactics from the administration following their vote of no-confidence in FVSU President Larry Rivers.
The university faculty senate, comprised of elected representatives, voted April 19 to approve a resolution of no confidence in Rivers. That led to members of the administration deeming the vote null and void and later a motion to impeach the senate during an emergency faculty meeting.
The letter states that the school’s recent faculty senate vote of no confidence is indeed valid, and university administrators have sought to intimidate senate members since that vote.
“It is our belief that the current budget situation, our problem with accreditation, and recent developments on campus call for action beyond the university level,” read the letter sent from Seyoum Gelaye, president of the faculty senate. (Macon Telegraph)
The vote was 13-6 with two abstaining. Other members of the FVSU faculty are seeking to repeal the no-confidence vote.[/mpoverlay]