Thursday, January 29, 2015

At Western Michigan U., Resistance Over a Popular Dean’s Dismissal

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 29th, 2015



Alexander Enyedi was "deeply disappointed," he wrote in an email to his top subordinates, when his contract as dean of Western Michigan University’s College of Arts and Sciences was not renewed. He was not the only one.
In the past week, many faculty and staff members, students, and alumni have made their opposition clear. About 200 people attended a Board of Trustees meeting last Thursday to express their support for Mr. Enyedi, reported Mlive.com, a Michigan news site. By Wednesday, more than 1,200 people had signed an online petition requesting that his contract be renewed for another five years after it expires, on June 30. He has been dean since 2010.
Sarah Hill, an associate professor of anthropology and environmental studies, started the petition. She says Mr. Enyedi’s advocacy of the university’s "core mission" of teaching, research, and service, and his devotion to preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century, make him "the symbolic leader of something which is much bigger than Alex."

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