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A&M System Regents Cancel A&M Faculty Veto Power In Future Academic Leader Searches

The Texas A&M system board of regents has unanimously changed the way senior academic leaders at the flagship university are hired.

Faculty members could play a role in the future, but they will no longer have veto power in the selection of deans and department heads among other positions.

According to the new policy:

Except as provided by Section 2.3 and with the approval of the chancellor, a university president shall appoint and reappoint vice presidents and deans of member universities, and agency directors shall appoint and reappoint deputy and associate directors of agencies. While university presidents and agency directors are expected to seek input from key campus or agency stakeholders including administrators, faculty and staff in their decisions associated with the appointment or reappointment of administrators, their appointment decisions shall not be constrained by member rules in the appointment and reappointment of vice presidents, deans, department heads, and deputy or associate directors, including provisions addressing the following: a required application and selection process; set appointment terms; and a required reappointment process. After consultation with the chancellor, a CEO may dismiss or reassign a vice president, dean, deputy director or associate director without cause.

Click HERE to read and download the new policy.

Regents chairman Charles Schwartz of Houston says they are replacing a method that is being used by “a very tiny minority of peer universities”.

Regents vice-chairwoman Elaine Mendoza of San Antonio compared the small percentage of faculty members who vote on finalists based on seeing candidates at a meet and greet and reading the candidates biography, to the “diligent process, time, and energy” taken by a search committee.

The speaker of A&M’s faculty senate, Angie Hill-Price, asked the regents to delay a decision or drop the idea. Dr. Price noted that the process of faculty participation “could stand some improvement. But the problem with this, is that it says essentially that no matter what our process is, no matter what improvements we can make, it can be ignored. And that’s concerning.”

The decision to change the policy came on the same day the regents named a new dean of A&M’s college of agriculture.

Click below to hear some of the comments from Angie Hill-Price, Charles Schwartz, and Elaine Mendoza.



Screen shot of the new language adopted by the Texas A&M system board of regents, February 8 2018.

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Posted by on Feb 9 2018. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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