Further message from BoT

October 30, 2006

TO: Gallaudet University
FROM Board of Trustees
DATE: October 29, 2006
RE: Statement of the Board

“The Board of Trustees respects the right of people to express their views in a peaceful manner. However, individuals who violated the law and Gallaudet University’s Code of Conduct will be held accountable. We expect the University to honor its long tradition of respect for each other and property and to return to normal.”


Statement by I. King Jordan

October 30, 2006

Signature: Gallaudet University – Public Relations/Visitors Center

Statement by I. King Jordan

“The struggle during the past several months has been very painful for all of us. I am deeply troubled by the divisions among us and by the anger that overtook reason, respect, and civility.

“Now we must all come together for the sake of Gallaudet, particularly for the sake of Gallaudet’s students–those who are our students now and those who will be students in the future.

“I want to thank Jane Fernandes for her dedication and courage and her standing up for what’s right. I am personally saddened–for Gallaudet and for Dr. Jane K. Fernandes–that she will not have the opportunity to
show Gallaudet and the world what a great president she could have been. Her vision and her plans to make that vision come to life would have guided the university we all love into a bright future. The Board of Trustees saw that promise when they selected Dr. Fernandes as president. In order to resolve the current stalemate the Board has deemed it necessary to steer a different course, and I accept their decision. Now we must all put down our weapons of words and seek to restore a sense of community.

“In my Town Hall speech last November I said there is more that unites us than divides us. I think we lost sight of that for a time and we must work together to refocus on the core values that unite us. We should not look for a resolution to the struggle of recent months in terms of winners and losers. If we do, Gallaudet and our students will
be the losers.”

Statement by Jane K. Fernandes

October 30, 2006

“It is with deep regret that I heard the Board’s decision to terminate my contract.

“I love Gallaudet University and I believe I could have made a significant contribution to its future. I hope that the Gallaudet community can heal the wounds that have been created. I trust that we all want a stronger, better, more inclusive Gallaudet where ASL and Deaf culture have been and always will be at the core of academic and community life.”

About time: BoT finally listened

October 30, 2006

Signature: Gallaudet University – Public Relations/Visitors Center

TO: Campus Community

FROM: Board of Trustees

DATE: October 29, 2006

RE: Board of Trustees Meeting

Today, we announce with much regret and pain that after serious deliberation in a special, all-day Executive Session of the Board of Trustees, we have voted to terminate Dr. Fernandes’ appointment asPresident-Designate (currently effective) and President (effectivebeginning January 1, 2007) at Gallaudet University.

We understand the impact of this decision and the important issues that inherently arise when a Board re-examines decisions in the face of an on-going protest. The Board believes that it is in the best interests of he University to terminate Dr. Fernandes from the incoming President’s position. Although undoubtedly there will be some members of the
community who have differing views on the meaning of this decision, we believe that it is a necessity at this point. The Board is continuing to meet to discuss transitional issues.

It has certainly been a difficult and trying time for our Gallaudet community. Now is the time for healing. The hope of the Board of Trustees is for our beloved community to come together to work for a stronger and better Gallaudet.

5 more Presidents forced out!

October 24, 2006

We’ve found another 5 presidents who were ejected from their educational institutions in the last year after student-staff protests. The first four are from Bibliomarket and the last is from Ms Mary Ann Morrissey.

If you know of any more resigning Presidents, please let us know.

July 2006
President Manny M. Aragon
New Mexico Highlands University

Faculty members had complained that Mr Aragon, a longtime state legislator, belittled them and disregarded the principles of shared governance. He also faced accusations that, under his administration, racial factors played a role in personnel decisions. The Board of Regents sacked him.

August 2006
President Karl E. Burgher
University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Resigned after losing a faculty vote of no confidence, prompted by his “reticence to communicate effectively with members of the community,” said Christine L. Standefer, a professor of physical education and president of the University Senate. “He wasn’t really good at communicating with us and the general campus population about what he was thinking and where he was going.”

August 2006
President Louis Caldera
University of New Mexico
A son of Mexican immigrants who rose to become U.S. secretary of the Army, he resigned by mutual agreement, amid apparent friction with its Board of Regents. Caldera’s limited academic background had been criticized by faculty members.

August 2006
President Judith I. Bailey
Western Michigan University
The Board of Trustees fired her for what it called a breach of contract and unsatisfactory performance. It cited her inability to correct dipping enrolement, budget deficits, and strained relations with the faculty and the local community. Ms. Bailey irked faculty members in recent months. She led a plan to reduce graduate programs that sparked widespread criticism by professors and students, who argued that she had acted without adequately consulting them. The resulting squabble led to the resignation of the university’s provost.

Late 2005
President Kevin Rameriz
Sierra College, Sacramento

Resigned after student-staff protests over the investment of a $394 million bonds issue, and accusations of mis-management. A new Board of Trustees requested his resignation.


9 presidents forced out by student-staff concern this year

October 24, 2006

Here’s a list of the 9 presidents of academic insitutions in the USA who were forced out by student-staff concerns in the past year.

This list is taken from The Chronicle Of Higher Education which also has a good discussion between 3 experienced presidents on why new presidents get into trouble:

” A new president is well advised to spend the first year just learning the culture and assessing the people, and the second year working with the faculty and with the trustees and with others in developing some kind of a strategic plan and then spending the rest of his or her time there attempting to carry that out.”

” New leaders can quickly get into trouble. Particularly if they come into the role, they haven’t built up a support base, and they make a couple of mistakes. The new presidents often take on too much, they implement a change agenda without having built up their support base, they have done very little leading with their ears, and they create relationship problems.”

” I’ve never heard anybody complain about new presidents in trouble over the goals. It’s always over the methods and the relationships — the lack of them.”

The list of ejected presidents:

January 27, 2006
President Carol C. Harter
U. of Nevada at Las Vegas

News of Ms. Harter’s resignation is leaked to the news media. Although she did not give a reason for her departure, two university regents said she clashed with James E. Rogers, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and that he forced her out.

February 1, 2006
President Paula D. Cunningham
Lansing Community College

Ms. Cunningham resigns after weeks of public conflict with members of the college’s governing board. She had been dogged by the release of a report by a board committee that looked into major glitches in the college’s student-aid software.

February 21, 2006
President Lawrence H. Summers

Harvard U.

Mr. Summers resigns in advance of a no-confidence vote by the university’s arts-and-sciences faculty, which approved a similar measure one year earlier. Mr. Summers had several high-profile clashes with faculty members over his management style and public statements.

March 15, 2006
President Edward R. Hundert
Case Western Reserve U.

Mr. Hundert resigns two weeks after a group of faculty members voted no confidence in his leadership. Faculty members, nervous about the university’s $40-million budget deficit, criticized Mr. Hundert over fund-raising and budget projections.

April 17, 2006
President Priscilla D. Slade
Texas Southern U.

The university’s board votes to fire Ms. Slade after an internal audit found that she misspent $647,949 in university money on personal expenses over the last seven years. Ms. Slade, who has contested the audit’s findings, faces a criminal investigation.

May 2, 2006
President Jesus Carreon
Dallas County Community College District

Mr. Carreon resigns after clashing often with faculty members during his three-year tenure. The system’s first Latino president, Mr. Carreon had widespread local support, but faculty members criticized his leadership style.

May 3, 2006
President Scott D. Miller
Wesley College (Del.)

Mr. Miller weathers an evenly split faculty vote on a no-confidence measure. The vote took place after a professor identified plagiarism in writing attributed to Mr. Miller. A subsequent review by an independent panel was undecided on whether Mr. Miller was at fault.

May 4, 2006
President Lloyd W. Benjamin III
Indiana State U.

The university’s Faculty Senate votes no confidence in Mr. Benjamin. Faculty members criticized the “insensitivity” and leadership style of Mr. Benjamin, who received a $25,000 raise in the midst of a university budget cut. Mr. Benjamin donated the raise toward construction of a new student center.

May 15, 2006
President R. Wayne Branch
Clark College

Faculty members overwhelmingly vote no confidence in Mr. Branch, who has been the two-year institution’s president for three years. The measure criticized Mr. Branch’s commitment to shared governance, and a faculty member called his leadership style “autocratic.”

We made Times Online!

October 24, 2006

Hooray, we’re in the Times Online!

Global deaf fury hits London

British students join the global debate over heavy-handed US police treatment after more than a hundred students are arrested at a deaf institution, STEVE EMERY was on hand to witness the protest

The UK deaf community joined a worldwide show of support for over 130 deaf students who were arrested last week at an American university. British protestors staged a tent city in Central London, to join 65 around the world, they are furious with the appointment of a controversial college president for the world’s premier deaf university.

The support was timed to coincide with the march of 4,000 people on Capitol Hill in Washington DCon Saturday, the culmination of months of campaigning by staff, students and alumni against the appointment of Jane Fernandes as the new president of Gallaudet University, Washington. The university is the very centre of the international deaf community.

The campaign has spread around the globe after students at Gallaudet rejected the proposed new president. Last week police arrested 133 of 500 students camped on the university campus in protest. The tent city forced the university to be temporarily closed and has inspired sympathetic encampments to be errected around the world.

Contrary to some reports, the campaign against the new president is not because Fernandes is ‘not deaf enough’. “This is a smokescreen fed to the media by Fernandes herself,” said Tent City UK’s Niall McCormack.

Campaigners cite a reputedly rigged selection process, and concerns about Fernandes’ administrative capabilities. Widespread calls of concern requesting that Fernandes not be chosen were issued to the presidential search committee prior to the appointment.

“We also want to show solidarity to our deaf brothers and sisters who have found themselves arrested for peaceful protest,” said student Tomato Lichy, “Fernandes has described this extensive peaceful protest as anarchy and terrorism. Such language is not only highly disrespectful of those in the world who are genuinely suffering the effects of terrorism, but also indicates the authoritarianism of her management style on the campus in the past 11 years.”

Lichy stated, “Because Gallaudet University is the only deaf university in the world, its influence, and thus its leadership issues take on increased importance in representing the aspirations and the public image of deaf communities internationally.”

Dr Paddy Ladd added: “In the USA this year, the presidents of nine mainstream universities, including Harvard, have either been fired or resigned as a result of staff-student concern. Deaf people should have the same right to high expectations of those who govern them, as hearing people do. 82% of Gallaudet’s academic staff voted for Fernandes’ removal, so basic principles of governance are at stake.”

A letter calling for Fernandes’ resignation signed by many UK deaf leaders will be delivered to the US Embassy on Monday. It was addressed to Robert Holmes Tuttle, US Ambassador, the Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees, and Fernandes herself.