YSU candidate had no-confidence vote

A vote of ”no confidence” against Youngstown State University presidential finalist Mary Cullinan by faculty at the school she leads now hasn’t affected her viability for the position here, according to the chairman of the YSU Board of Trustees.

Despite the vote in March by faculty at Southern Oregon University, where Cullinan is president, Dr. Sudershan Garg said Cullinan is still invited and will be at the YSU campus to speak at an open forum next week.

”That doesn’t mean much,” Garg said of the vote.

Cullinan, who will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, is the last of the scheduled presidential forums. The other finalists, Gary L. Miller, chancellor of University of North Carolina Wilmington will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Jim Tressel, the executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron who formerly coached football at YSU and The Ohio State University, will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday.

According to the Ashland Daily Tidings in Medford, Ore., 63 percent of the Southern Oregon faculty cast a no confidence vote for Cullinan last month. While she remains safe – it takes 66 percent for removal proceedings to begin – two of her coworkers received no confidence votes of more than two thirds.

In her application letter to YSU, Cullinan said she works closely with faculty and staff and believes in ”shared governance.”

According to the Daily Tidings, some Southern Oregon faculty expressed frustration that Cullinan bypassed shared governance and made too many unilateral decisions without faculty input.

A final retrenchment plan for Southern Oregon was also unveiled last month which cuts 80 positions through layoffs and retirements over the next five years, the newspaper reported.