Temple faculty union authorizes no-confidence vote on university president, senior leaders

The union will hold a formal vote of no-confidence during the week of April 10

By: - March 22, 2023 11:52 am

Temple University in Philadelphia (Image via Temple University)

By Chanel Hill

PHILADELPHIA — Members of Temple University’s faculty union have authorized holding a no-confidence vote against the university’s president Jason Wingard, board of trustees Chair Mitchell Morgan and Provost Gregory Mandel.

Temple University President Jason Wingard (Philadelphia Tribune photo)

Out of 917 Temple Association of University Professional cast votes, 84% support moving ahead with a vote of no-confidence in the university’s central administration.

Ninety-seven percent sought a no-confidence vote in Wingard, 86% sought a no-confidence vote for Morgan and 79% sought a no-confidence vote for Mandel. The vote is largely symbolic as a no-confidence vote cannot authorize change.

Wingard became the president at Temple in July 2021. He is Temple’s first African-American president. It will mark the first time the union has held a no-confidence vote of a president in its 50-year history.

The union has had concerns over the university’s hiring, longtime professors being let go, class caps and contracts. Members also raised concerns about the ongoing gun violence in the city, decrease in enrollment and vacancies in some key administrative jobs.

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In a statement, Temple officials said they are confident that they can work together to address key issues at the university.

“Temple University’s faculty members define our academic strength. We value and respect our faculty and share their commitment to ensuring our university meets its important mission,” the statement said.

“We are ready and willing to engage and work closely with faculty, deans, staff, students and all other dedicated groups to confront the challenges facing our great university. We are confident that together we can address the pressing issues before us,” the statement said.

The union will hold a formal vote of no-confidence the week of April 10.

Chanel Hill is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared

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