Inside Higher Ed
November 24th, 2014
Pensacola State College faculty voted no confidence late last week in
their president, Edward Meadows. The union and the administration are
at an impasse in contract negotiations. The faculty cited five major
reasons, including a culture of reprisal, cronyism, disregard for the
terms of their contract, poor funding and attempting to prevent coverage of the labor dispute by the student newspaper.
"This vote was necessary to bring faculty concerns to the Board of
Trustees. Faculty have been discouraged from communicating with the
board since Dr. Meadows has been president," one professor said in a
statement released by the faculty union. The union said it was the first
time in the college's history that faculty have taken a no confidence
vote. According to the union, 133 of 193 full-time faculty took part in
the vote. Of those, 125 voted no confidence in Meadows.
The college’s trustees remain behind Meadows. “The Board of Trustees
of Pensacola State College has full confidence in President Meadows and
the college administration,” Herb Woll, the board chairman, said in a
statement released by the university.