This was nothing more than a desperate move by desperate people. Hampshire is circling the drain and no change in leadership is going to change that.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

Hampshire College Faculty Tries to Vote No Confidence in President and Board Leaders

The Hampshire College faculty voted Wednesday on a resolution expressing no confidence in the financially troubled institution’s president, the leaders of its Board of Trustees, and its chief financial officer. But due to technical and procedural problems, the vote was invalidated at the last minute by the faculty’s executive committee.

The vote was meant to repudiate the college leaders’ recent decisions on how to deal with the Massachusetts institution’s longstanding and worsening financial problems. On January 15, Miriam E. Nelson, the president, announced that Hampshire was seeking a strategic partner to help it create an economically sustainable future. On February 1 the college said it would not enroll a full fall class in 2019. On Tuesday it laid off nine employees in the admissions and advancement offices.

That evening the executive committee of the faculty called for a vote of no confidence in Nelson; the leadership of the board, including A. Kim Saal, the incoming chair and current vice chair; and Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration.


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