Showing posts with label Presidential Search. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Presidential Search. Show all posts

Monday, June 23, 2014

BOG has no standing to lecture state universities about shady executive searches

BOG Chairman Mori Hosseini with fellow board members
The FAMU presidential search process was bad, but the one at Florida State University has been plain ugly.

At least the individuals who attempted to ruin the search for FAMU’s 11th president had enough shame to pretend like they weren’t trying to do so. FSU’s presidential search committee seemed ready to simply fast track state Sen. John E. Thrasher into the job before faculty and student protests and negative editorials pressured it to back down.

Now, members of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) are using the FSU controversy and embarrassing showdown over FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s contract as excuses to help them claim more control over future presidential search processes at public universities. BOG Chairman Mori Hosseini says there should be more BOG members on presidential selection committees.

Shady searches for top executives have become a serious problem in the State University System of Florida (SUS). And the BOG’s two most recent chancellorship searches offer some of the best examples.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FAMU trustees try to save face after dirty, dysfunctional presidential search process

Had the behind-the-scenes deal-making at FAMU gone as planned, Elmira Mangum would have never become one of the two finalists for the university presidency.

Ahead of the application deadline, Rattler Nation learned that certain FAMU-associated individuals who were eager to please Gov. Rick Scott had passed an unofficial short list of presidential candidates up the ranks. That list had a Washington, DC candidate, a Georgia candidate, and a Texas candidate.

It was said that the DC candidate was former Howard University President Patrick Swygert and that the Georgia candidate was Morehouse School of Medicine President John E. Maupin, Jr.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

FAMU trustees vote to hire Elmira Mangum as the university’s 11th president

Today, the FAMU Board of Trustees voted 10-2 to hire Elmira Mangum as the university’s 11th president. Pending her acceptance and successful contract negotiations, she will become the first woman to lead FAMU on a permanent basis.

Mangum is currently the vice president for budget and planning at Cornell University.

The yea votes were: Solomon L. Badger, Torey Alston, Kimberly Moore, Rufus Montgomery, Narayan Persaud, Belinda Reed Shannon, Anthony Q. Siders, II, Marjorie Turnbull, Cleve Warren, and Karl White.

The two no votes came from Spurgeon McWilliams and Glenton Gilzean. McWilliams said he believed that Interim President Larry Robinson would be a better choice for the permanent position (even though he did promise to give Mangum his full support). Gilzean wanted to reopen the presidential search process.

Kelvin Lawson was not present at the meeting and did not participate via phone.

Price’s selection as a finalist another example of search committee’s incompetent vetting

Karl E. White, chairman of the FAMU presidential search committee
Rattlers far and near should be embarrassed that the FAMU presidential search committee actually named John Ellis Price a finalist for the university presidency.

Back when Price was the president of the University of Texas at Dallas (UNTD), he treated his professors like dirt. He tried to terminate the entire faculty of the school (then a branch campus of UNT Denton) in 2010 before backing off in the wake of negative publicity. A 2012 UNT Dallas faculty survey that received a 51 percent participation rate found that most of respondents thought Price’s administration lacked effective communication skills, openness, and receptiveness. That was his last year as president.

Price shouldn’t have made the first cut, let alone the finalist stage. His selection as one of the two top-recommended candidates is another example of the incompetent vetting process led by FAMU presidential search committee Chairman Karl E. White.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Morale remained low at UNT Dallas after Price tried to terminate entire faculty

Even though public pressure helped push John Ellis Price to back off his attempt to terminate the
entire faculty of the Dallas branch campus of the University of North Texas at Denton, morale among the professors remained low after it became a stand-alone school.

A Faculty Satisfaction Survey from 2012, Price’s last year as president of the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD), showed that most of the university’s professors (51 percent responded) were dissatisfied with the Price administration's leadership in numerous areas.

When they were asked if UNTD had good tenure policies, the majority of the respondents (58 percent) strongly disagreed.

Price tried to terminate entire UNT Dallas campus faculty, backtracked under pressure

Back in 2010, John Ellis Price (who is now a finalist for the FAMU presidency) sent termination notices to the entire 35-member faculty of the Dallas branch campus of the University of North Texas at Denton (UNT).

Price, who’d been selected to lead the process of changing the Dallas campus into a stand-alone university, tried to use the transition as an excuse to deny contract renewals to all the professors. He told the affected personnel that they were free to reapply for their soon-to-be-former jobs.

“I can’t take faculty from UNT-Denton and say that they're automatically going to be our faculty,” Price said in a quote published by The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 19, 2010. “That would be inconsistent with the law.”

But the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education pointed out that “Two branches of the Texas A&M University system have also gone out on their own in recent months, but jobs on those campuses were transferred over, and faculty members did not have to reapply.”

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Ex-Maupin supporters seeking to even the score through coup to seat Price

FAMU is a big university. But it’s still much too small to keep certain secrets.  

Many supporters of John E. Maupin, Jr. did a poor job of hiding what they were trying do behind-the-scenes. They made things even worse for themselves after they were discovered. Rather than making the smart choice and shutting up, they decided to get cocky and declare victory before Maupin even applied for the job.

That boasting was replaced with embarrassment when the Rattlers who wanted a clean presidential search process raised so much hell that Maupin got cold feet and dropped his candidacy.

The worst isn’t over, yet. Many FAMUans were excited to hear the praise that trustees such as Karl White, Torey Alston, and Narayan Persaud had for Elmira Mangum’s candidacy, yesterday. But Rattlers need to look beneath the surface of what’s being said out in public.

There is move afoot by some ex-Maupin supporters to get revenge for what happened to their candidate. Mangum, who’s received the backing of many alumni who loudly criticized Maupin, has become a target for that anger.

Mangum, Price chosen as finalists for FAMU presidency

After meeting in Orlando, yesterday, the FAMU presidential search committee voted to invite two candidates to the Tallahassee campus to meet with students, faculty, and the full Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The two finalists are:

Elmira Mangum, vice president for budget and planning at Cornell University

John Price, former founding president, University of North Texas at Dallas

The board will interview the candidates during its meeting in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center at 8:30 a.m. Additionally, the candidates will participate in a public forum with students, faculty, staff and alumni from 2 – 5 p.m. in Jake Gaither Gymnasium.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Maupin, Suber too arrogant and disrespectful toward faculty to provide quality leadership

If John E. Maupin, Jr. had decided to go ahead and call in for his scheduled FAMU interview today, he would have been greeted with the following Rattler Nation headline:

“Maupin received vote of no confidence from Meharry Faculty Senate in 2003.”

According to the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP): “One June 4th, [2003] the Faculty Senate voted no confidence in President John Maupin by a margin of 45 to 5 with 15 abstentions. The vote came after 13 professors were terminated and a number of others found their contracts restructured with substantial reductions in salaries.”

An investigating committee of the AAUP later accused Maupin of effectively eliminating the tenure system at Meharry Medical College during his presidency at that school. There were also allegations that he used intimidation tactics to pressure faculty members into publicly supporting that overhaul.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

John Maupin is latest to quit FAMU search

According  to a recent tweet from Tallahassee Democrat senior reporter Doug Blackburn (see below), John Maupin Jr., president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, is the latest candidate to remove his name from consideration to be FAMU's next president, today.   Earlier today, St. Augustine's University President Dianne Suber withdrew from the process.


Meet the semi-finalists for president

Elmira Mangum, since January 2010 has served as vice president of Budget & Planning at Cornell University.  She is responsible for managing Cornell’s resources and the annual operating and capital budgeting processes.  This allows Mangum to provide leadership in applying university resources to meet Cornell’s institutional priorities and academic programming needs by leveraging all of the division resources available through space planning, institutional research, and business intelligence and information systems.
She has more than 25 years of experience in executive higher education financial and resource management, her administrative leadership began at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  Dr. Mangum has also held positions at the University at Buffalo (UB) a State 

Dianne Suber withdraws from FAMU Search

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Dianne Boardley-Suber, president of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C., withdrew her name from consideration for the FAMU presidency today.

“Suber, who grew up in Tallahassee, attended FAMU DRS and is the daughter of two former FAMU faculty members, had submitted her application for FAMU’s top job late Thursday,” the Democrat article stated.

“As flattering as the invitation is, I am committed to serving the students and continuing the projects, development and expansion of Saint Augustine’s University,” Suber said in a written announcement.

Persaud throwing FAMU faculty under the bus as he pursues personal power

Narayan Persaud is borrowing a page out of Mary Diallo’s book.

Back when she was the FAMU Faculty Senate president in 2004, Diallo voted to hire an interim president who, by all measures of common sense, was not qualified to run a public, four-year university. She threw her support behind Castell V. Bryant, the former president of the Miami-Dade Community College Medical Center Campus.

Diallo seemed to relish being a part of the new interim president’s “inner circle.” But she soon learned the hard way that it was all a sham and that Castell had little respect for her or any other member of the FAMU faculty.

Instead of treating FAMU’s professors like they worked at a research university, Castell treated them like community college personnel. She immediately trampled over the principle of shared governance by denying them input in the selection of both the new vice-president for research and provost (another ex-community college administrator). But even those first warning shots, Diallo continued to fend off efforts to introduce a resolution of “no confidence” against Castell in the Faculty Senate.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Maupin presidency could help Scott reshape FAMU in the model of Florida Polytechnic

The selection of John E. Maupin, Jr. as a semifinalist for the FAMU presidency is good news for Florida’s anti-tenure governor. A Maupin administration could be just what Gov. Rick Scott needs to reshape FAMU in the model of one of his pet projects, Florida Polytechnic University.

Back in 1998, the Florida Board of Regents announced a Three Tier Plan that called for FAMU to be a bottom tier “comprehensive” university that would focus mainly on teaching undergraduate students. Then-FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries led the fight to create a special “Comprehensive/Doctoral” category that permitted the university to continue pursuing its Ph.D. and research expansion ambitions.

Today, FAMU faces a different threat to its future as a research institution. Humphries, like all university presidents who know how to run a serious research university, understood that FAMU needed tenure in order to compete for the best published professors and grant-writing scientists.

But in a few days, FAMU could have a new president who doesn’t support tenure protection for faculty members. An investigating committee of the American Association of University Professors accused Maupin of effectively eliminating tenure at Meharry Medical College during his presidency at that school. There were also allegations that he used intimidation tactics to pressure faculty members into publicly supporting that overhaul. Maupin currently leads the Morehouse School of Medicine, which does not offer tenure, at all.

Semi-finalist for FAMU presidency had SACS troubles

Diane Boardley-Suber, president of St. Augustine University
According to an article published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, in 2002, the Raleigh, NC based St. Augustine College (now university) received a citation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) “for failure to comply with standardized planning and evaluation in academics and administration, as well as education support areas such as the library, career center, student services, finance offices, provost offices and food service. The college also was cited for not providing transcripts and other credentials for some faculty members.  Further, according to the SACS St. Augustine’s did not provide sufficient evidence of its financial stability.”

These instances of non-compliance lead to the college having is 10-year accreditation renewal denied and the school being issued a 12-month warning from SACS, all on Dianne Boardley-Suber’s watch as President.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Six applicants selected to interview for FAMU presidency

On a conference call held earlier today, the FAMU presidential search committee narrowed down the list of applicants for the FAMU presidency to six.  The committee will interview the six semi-finalist on Monday, January 6, at the College of Law campus in Orlando.  

Their names are:
Elmira Mangum, vice president for budget and planning, Cornell University

John E. Maupin, Jr., president of the Morehouse School of Medicine 

John Price, former founding president of the University of North Texas at Dallas

T. Joan Robinson, vice president for international affairs at Morgan State University 

Dianne Boardley-Suber, president of St. Augustine University

Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., former associate administrator for mission support, NASA Headquarters.

Maupin among last minute applicants for FAMU presidency

On Monday, Rattler Nation reported about the effort to urge some FAMU trustees to back an unofficial short list of potential FAMU presidential candidates. Morehouse School of Medicine President John E. Maupin, Jr., whose name was pushed as part of that behind-the-scenes process, has now officially applied for the FAMU presidency.

The FAMU presidential search committee is currently on recess until 1:00 p.m. When it reconvenes, it will discuss Maupin and four other last minute applicants, who are:

Elmira Mangum, vice president for budget and planning, Cornell University
John Price, former founding president of the University of North Texas at Dallas
Dianne Boardley-Suber, president of St. Augustine University
Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., former associate administrator for mission support, NASA Headquarters

For the first 1 hour and 50 minutes of today’s conference call, the committee went through the list of applicants, name-by-name. At least one committee member expressed interest in each of the following applicants. These brief bios come from of the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook blog:

Monday, December 30, 2013

Unofficial presidential short list could deny most FAMUans meaningful input in candidate vetting process

H. Patrick Swygert (left) and John E. Maupin, Jr. (right)
The worst kept secret in the FAMU presidential search is the effort to persuade some university trustees to support an unofficial short list of candidates behind the backs of most Rattler students, faculty, and alumni.

Rattler Nation has learned that two of the names that are being pushed are H. Patrick Swygert, former president of Howard University, and John E. Maupin Jr., the retiring president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. At this time, neither Swygert, 70, nor Maupin, 67, has publicly expressed interest in the FAMU presidency.

Swygert is currently a professor at the Howard School of Law. He returned to the faculty in 2008 after leading the university for 13 years. Before becoming Howard’s president, he headed the University at Albany, State University of New York from 1990 through 1995. He earned both his undergraduate degree (1965) and his law degree from Howard (1968).

Maupin will retire from the presidency of the Morehouse School of Medicine on June 30, 2014. He has held that position for almost seven years. Prior to that, he served as the president of Meharry Medical College from 1994 through 2006. Maupin earned his undergraduate degree from San Jose State College (1968), a doctor of dental surgery degree from Meharry (1972), and a master of business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore (1979).

Even though there appears to be some who want these two names (and others) to be fast-tracked to the finalist stage with little public discussion, there are many questions that need to be asked and answered publicly.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

FAMU presidential applicant list lacks any sitting presidents or provosts of research universities

T. Joan Robinson was Morgan State’s provost when she originally applied to lead FAMU, but she no longer holds that job
Back in March, Rattler Nation reported that the list of FAMU presidential applicants lacked anyone who was the current president of a school classified as a Doctoral/Research University (DRU) or higher by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (FAMU is a DRU).

There was only one candidate, then-Morgan State University Provost T. Joan Robinson, who even held the number two position at a research school.

But the latest list published yesterday by the Tampa Bay Times’ Gradebook blog shows that FAMU now has NO presidential applicants who currently serve as the president or provost of a DRU or higher.

T. Joan Robinson, who is still in the running to lead FAMU, is no longer Morgan State’s provost. She is now the “vice-president for international affairs.” The provost position is being filled on an interim basis by Keith H. Jackson, who formerly served as interim vice-president for research under ex-FAMU Interim President Castell Bryant.