Letter to the Editor: SIUE Staff Senate position on Board of Trustees executive committee special meeting


SIU-Edwardsville’s cougar statue. (Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

By SIUE Staff Senate

We, the University Staff Senate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, duly elected representatives of the 1,500 civil service, professional, and administrative staff employees of SIUE, make the following declarations.

1. We object to the short notice given concerning the special, emergency meeting of the Executive Committee to take employment action against the university President Randy Dunn. Given SIUC’s objection to recent Board actions being considered with only 10 days’ notice, surely employment actions taken against the system president warrants similar notice, as well as public comment.

2. We object to the Executive Committee’s consideration of any job action, under either its normal or emergency powers. Given that this topic was known before the board’s most recent special meeting, and that it was discussed publicly at that meeting, the supposed need for immediate action is spurious.


3. We object that despite our supposed co-equal status within the System, none of the recent Board meetings dealing with these issues of concern to the Edwardsville campus have been held on the SIUE campus proper or any affiliated SIUE campuses. The three meetings since March (board retreat, April board meeting, May special meeting) have been at the Carbondale or Carbondale–affiliated properties, as is the proposed June special meeting.

4. We recognize the language used by Dr. Dunn was regretful. We also recognize that Dr. Dunn immediately apologized for his use of the language. We reject the proposition that Dr. Dunn is favoring the SIUE campus at the expense of SIUC. For these reasons, the University Staff Senate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville registers this vote of confidence for the President of the Southern Illinois System, Dr. Randy Dunn.

5. We object that such a significant decision can be made by two Board members. As such, we strongly urge the Board to recognize the further division within the system this action will entail. We request this meeting be cancelled and a special meeting of the entire Board be called.

Gretchen D. Fricke is the 2017-2018 SIUE  Staff Senate President. She can be reached by email at [email protected]

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