The California State University, Stanislaus General Faculty voted today to express “no confidence” in the performance of President Hamid Shirvani. Members of the campus Academic Senate reported that the ballot, spread over a week of voting, represents 90% of those eligible to vote, including coaches, librarians, and academic administrators.
“The turnout was incredibly high,” said Steven Filling, Professor of Accounting. “It demonstrates a strong campus consensus that something has to change.” Of the 300 eligible voters, 90% voted. 90.9% of those voting selected “no confidence” in Shirvani, 8.7% voted confidence.
The turnout was not surprising. Lynn Johnson, a past speaker of the Academic Senate and Professor of Accounting commented that, “Unfortunately, the timing of this decision may cause those outside of the University to assume it’s a reaction to budgetary pressures or the decision to end Winter Term. In fact, our lack of confidence in Shirvani has been discussed among the faculty since at least 2007.” The vote of “no confidence” is the result of that ongoing discussion.
Results of the ballot will be reported to Charles B. Reed, Chancellor of the California State University system, the Board of Trustees of the CSU and members of the California Legislature.
“We hope that the Chancellor and the Board will encourage the president to do the right thing,” said Paul O’Brien, Professor of Sociology.
“Faculty are ready to work and to sacrifice on behalf of the university, we’ve demonstrated that consistently here for fifty years,” said John Garcia, Professor of Social Work. “It will take some time to re-develop trust and good faith in the office of the president, and we await his efforts in that direction.”