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GPSC passes vote of no confidence for Chancellor Carlo Montemagno

By Amelia Blakely, Campus Editor

The Graduate and Professional Student Council passed a motion of a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Carlo Montemagno Tuesday. 

The vote was 23-1, with one abstention. 

“That should carry some weight,” GPSC President Johnathan Flowers said. “We think he is a clear and present danger to the institution and its ability to provide a comprehensive education.”

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The vote from GPSC followed Flowers’ announcement in the meeting that the administration wanted to override the College of Liberal Arts Council’s authority to review program changes.

The COLA Council is made up of faculty members that have fiscal and curricular authority over the college’s departments.

Flowers said typically when a program change is proposed, the departmental committee reviews it and sends it to a college governance body and then is sent to the Graduate Council and Faculty Senate.

He said if the administration can override a faculty committee, that can set a precedent for the administration to ignore any other review body made up of members of the campus community.

“The administration wanted to jump the college committee step; probably for expediency but to me, it looks like a naked power grab,” Flowers said.

First steps were taken last semester when GPSC drafted and approved resolutions opposing the universal elimination of departments.

Flowers said after an emergency meeting in December 2017, GPSC sent a censure to the Board of Trustees.

This outlined Chancellor Montemagno’s abusive responses to graduate and professional student representatives and to the graduate council in regards to the way the chancellor responds to criticism, refusal to meet with GPSC and his violation of specific Board of Trustees policy.

“The board is aware that this has been happening to an extent. This is just the most obvious case where a power grab has happened,” GPSC Representative Lauren Schaefer said.

The board of trustees had until January 23 to respond to the censure in writing a response to the complaint addressing the issues therein Flowers said. The board did not respond to the censure. 

Schaefer said, after the board’s absent response to GPSC’s censure, what signal would GPSC be sending by sending another resolution with the same statement.

Flowers said the vote of no confidence will obligate the board to ask why GPSC as does not believe the chancellor can do his job. 

“When we first talked about this and I called it the nuclear option, I called it that for a reason,” Flowers said.

The latest version of the academic reorganization was also presented by Flowers during the meeting with an updated version on the GPSC website later today.

Flowers said there is a discussion of removing the program of Sociology was moved from the School of Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies, which leaves only two-degree granting programs in the school. However, no former proposal has emerged. 

The programs that would be left in the School of Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies are Anthropology and Linguistics.

Moving the program of Sociology would leave only two-degree granting programs with other non-degree granting programs in a school is called the “ghettoization of minority programs,”. Flowers said the research he has studied about academic reorganizations, like the current one underway at the university, advises against doing such. 

“That is where you send your multicultural programs to die,” Flowers said.

Campus editor Amelia Blakely can be reached at [email protected]

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2 Comments

2 Responses to “GPSC passes vote of no confidence for Chancellor Carlo Montemagno”

  1. Bradley Sketcher on February 7th, 2018 12:51 pm

    I support the graduate students in this decision. I believe all constituents should offer their voices to this.

  2. Clare McCall on February 7th, 2018 9:18 pm

    The GPSC and President Flowers’ wise decision to call for a vote of no confidence in the chancellor leads the way for what all SIUC’s departments, schools and all campus unions and student groups (and even all Carbondale community groups! ) must do. As an Institution we must all, as swiftly as possible, follow suit. Can we all join in a vote of no confidence in the chancellor? SIUC is not the broken down junker he has claimed it to be. It is merely that our ‘machine’ cannot run well without the ‘fuel’ of state and government funding. Consensus for pragmatic change and positive re-structuring needs to arise from the people who know and understand it best: the caring community of scholars that believe in the education SIUC can and has, excelled at offering the students they have long served. We must not permit our university to be twisted out of recognition by the vision of a man of dubious character and questionable ethics. The chancellor is dragging SIUC’s national reputation through the mud as his propensity for nepotism clearly demonstrates. Kudos to Flowers, the GPSC and the brave reporters at The Daily Egyptian for their leadership in pointing out the only way to go. The chancellor must go! Or he’ll take us all down with him.

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