Emory & Henry College will cut 30 postions beginning the week after graduation. Dean of Students Pam Gourley has already been fired, but this will not be made public until after students leave. 2 banks called in loans and now many positions are being cut timed for when students and faculty will know the least about it. These are not "summer cuts." These are permanent full time positions. This is being sneaked past us when no one will be around to speak up.
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Really. Lose accreditation because of cuts ?
The prospects are not good for small, private colleges. Add a president who cuts the library professionals and expect the school to remain credible? Not likely. I wouldn't be surprised if they lose accreditation.
Here's what a tenured department chair from Southwestern said to me last year when I asked about Jake: "My honest opinion---pretty much a nice guy but a failure. Little bit of a royalty complex, especially for his wife. He essentially bankrupted Texas Wesleyan as their president and then ruined our finances as well, but the trustees let him do it. We are surviving and recovering now, but it has been a struggle. He was basically finally told by our trustees to retire. We are all kind of watching to see how bad he makes things at Emory and Henry, and we wondered how soon he was going to bring all his cronies on board. Most of these we had resisted here, but Voskuil finally got in because of a very unexpected opening. I see he has now added his golfing buddy as his vice president of business and finance--another person that we had successfully fended off. The only reason I am being so frank with you is that I am worried about E & H. I hope he only stays there a couple of years so the damage is limited. He is well connected in the Methodist church, and has used this to full advantage"
The following motion from the teaching faculty of Southwestern University is addressed to the Board of Trustees and the Senior Staff of the University, as well as the Provost and the President:
BE IT KNOWN that on November 21, 2008, a group of senior faculty delivered to President Jake Schrum a letter detailing concerns regarding Southwestern University. These concerns included the decline in the endowment, the lack of success in the capital campaign, the decline in faculty compensation, the decline in scores and standing of students accepted to Southwestern, the decline in the University’s standing among peer institutions, and the pressures that these factors generate on the already-high costs of tuition. The letter was signed by a group of thirty full professors representing all the departments, divisions, and schools of the Southwestern University faculty. On Dec. 2, 2008, the President’s Office issued a press release asserting that its top concerns were: “making sure students can afford to come to Southwestern, retaining faculty and staff, keeping educational programs intact, and ensuring financial resources – both in terms of endowment and to cover annual operating expenses.”
the president has been unsuccessful in completing the capital campaign that was launched in March 2006 and was originally scheduled to conclude in June 2009;
faculty and staff salaries have remained stagnant for three years and salaries have fallen at all faculty ranks when compared to our peer institutions according to AAUP data;
Southwestern University has fallen from a position of 52 within the US News and World Reports rankings of national liberal arts colleges to 62;
the growth rate on our endowment has consistently been less than that of most of our Associated Colleges of the South peer institutions; and finally
the above failures materially endanger Southwestern University’s ability to remain true to its core values and sustain its academic integrity:
“We, the teaching faculty, have lost confidence in the President to act as steward for the University's core values and long-term health, both academic and financial. We therefore move that the faculty support a vote of no confidence in the President.”