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Senate reaffirms no-confidence vote

Aug. 23, 2004

By SANDI VILLARREAL, assistant city editor

Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. received a second Faculty Senate no-confidence vote at the senate's May meeting.

The vote, 28-5, has risen since the first no-confidence vote taken last semester at a margin of 26-6.

Since the last vote, "President Sloan has made only limited and inadequate attempts to address the problems that face Baylor University," the motion read. "The Faculty Senate believes the president has failed to lead the university and has failed to restore a climate of trust."

Baylor spokesman Larry Brumley said the administration would not comment on the May vote, but communication between the administration and the faculty is improving.

"The administration and the new leadership of the Faculty Senate sponsored two well-attended faculty dialogues over the summer to address such issues as admissions, the university's financial picture, and faculty compensation," Brumley said. "Furthermore, several faculty senators will join with other faculty and deans to participate in a daylong academic [today]."

Brumley said the summit will center on Baylor 2012 and will allow for faculty input.

"The bottom line is the administration is working diligently with the new Faculty Senate leadership to address concerns through increased communication," he said.

At the May meeting, the senate also requested, by a vote of 32-1, a referendum of the full faculty concerning Sloan's leadership in the event he remained in office in the fall. The referendum would be conducted by secret ballot by an entity agreed upon by both the Faculty Senate and the Baylor Board of Regents.

The motion reads, "The referendum should ask one single question: 'Do you want Robert B. Sloan to remain as president of Baylor University?'"

Brumley said the administration would not address the speculation concerning the referendum.