Yeah, this whole thing didn’t go over too well, did it?
In what Faculty Senate secretary Ernest May said amounted to a no-confidence vote, the professors passed a resolution to “express lack of confidence” in the board of trustees and president Jack Wilson.
May said it’s the first time the faculty has taken such a vote in at least three decades.
The move comes a week after Wilson announced his idea to restructure how the campus is run, news that prompted the resignation of one trustee and harsh criticism from a state lawmaker and the campus community.
And sacked UMass Chancellor Lombardi is still not talking. But of course, he signed off on everything, right?
Hey, it’s all good with trusty trustee chair Steven Tocco:
Stephen Tocco, chairman of the trustees, issued a statement Thursday expressing the board’s confidence in Wilson.
“It is our goal to make the University of Massachusetts one of the very best public universities in the United States,” he said. “I understand that this involves change and sometimes change can seem difficult.”
To translate: “Sometimes change is so difficult you really can’t tell anyone about it until we’ve done whatever the hell we wanted to do, for whatever verkakte reason we damn well please.”
I’ll have more on Tocco later. I’ll just say this: One has to wonder what his qualifications are for telling us how to make UMass one of the “best public universities in the United States.”
Update: Joan Vennochi had a column on the UMess kerfuffle today.
Update: According to DaveMB and Vennochi, Wilson has taken himself out of consideration for the post, and now seems to be amenable to a more transparent planning process. That’s good and proper of him.