USM Faculty Seek Confidence Vote

Updated 2 years ago

University of Southern Maine faculty members are circulating a petition aimed at forcing a no-confidence referendum vote for President Selma Botman.William Steele from the university’s theater department says many faculty members believe Botman’s campus-wide reorganization was misguided. He also says faculty think Botman isn’t doing enough to stem declining enrollment and has cut classroom spending by $3.5 million.Botman told the Bangor Daily News that she understands that faculty members are frustrated.The petition follows the revelation that USM spent $242,000 for discretionary pay raises last year while the university is facing more than $5 million in budget cuts and union faculty members have gone since 2009 without a cost-of-living pay increase.


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