NMU faculty votes ‘no confidence’ in board
MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University-American Association of University Professors on Friday voted on a resolution of no confidence in the NMU Board of Trustees.
The faculty union passed the resolution by a vote of 141-20.
“The NMU chapter of AAUP has no confidence in the ability of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University to oversee and carry out the general supervision of the institution and the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds,” it said in a statement. “As evident in the Board of Trustees’ recent handling of executive personnel and ongoing labor relations, this board has created an environment of chaos and dysfunction which is not conducive to an effective institution of higher learning.”
Leading up to the resolution, the faculty cited numerous issues, including what it believes was the board’s poor handling of ex-university president Fritz Erickson’s termination, its “numerous” failures during the faculty contract negotiation process and its “unwillingness to solve serious financial allocation problems” at the university.
It also mentioned the board allowed “public lies from their top employees to go uncorrected” and the board’s movement of critical university resources toward administrative expenses and away from instructional costs, which the union said were already severely underfunded.
The board released a statement following Friday’s vote.
“The NMU Board of Trustees acknowledges that the AAUP has the right to hold a referendum, but the board will not be commenting,” it said.
NMU-AAUP and the administration were unable to come to an agreement before the faculty’s one-year contract expired on July 1, with mediation beginning that month.