The Emory Wheel is reporting tonight that the college faculty rejected a “no confidence” motion against President James W. Wagner. Voting began Monday and ended tonight.
Wagner created controversy recently when he cited the infamous 1787 “three-fifths compromise” in an essay as an example on how leaders reach agreement. The compromise counted slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of distributing funds back to states and determining representation in Congress.
Some students and faculty were already upset with Emory’s decision to close its educational studies division, its physical education department, its visual arts department and its journalism program and suspend admissions to the graduate programs in Spanish, economics and the Institute of Liberal Arts.
Faculty members in the College of Arts and Science decided to vote to determine their level of confidence in Wagner.
According to the Emory Wheel: (This is an excerpt. Please read the full piece before commenting.)
The ballot asked, “Should the faculty of Emory College of Arts and Sciences adopt the motion of no-confidence in President James Wagner?” The final tally showed that 39.8 percent of voters, or 133 faculty members, voted in support, while 60.2 percent, or 201 faculty members, were opposed.
Of the College’s 530 faculty members, 63 percent — or 334 members — participated in the voting. Polls opened Monday and closed at 8 p.m. today.
If the majority of the faculty had voted “no confidence,” the result would have had no direct effect on Wagner’s employment as University president but would have expressed the faculty’s belief that Wagner is no longer fit to lead.
Laney Graduate School students will participate in a similar vote this Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Graduate Student Council passed the bill allowing the vote earlier this month. Laney students will have a choice of “yes,” “no” or “abstain,” and the vote will also include a text box on the ballot, enabling them to explain the reasoning behind their votes.
The Student Government Association failed to pass a bill last month that would have added a “no confidence” vote to the student government elections electronic ballot. At the SGA meeting, the bill was amended to focus on the direction of the University in general rather than Wagner specifically.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog