SLU Faculty Senate says no confidence in president

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 5:47 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis University Faculty Senate overwhelmingly approved a vote of no confidence against the university's president, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi.

The resolution was approved Tuesday with a 51-4 vote, with two abstentions.

The St.  Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://cbsloc.al/SwAe2P ) tensions on the campus increased in August, over a proposal to change the school's tenure rules. The faculty wanted the school's vice president of academic affairs, Manor Patankar, removed for suggesting the changes.

The faculty became angry with Biondi after he refused to remove Patankar. Several critics also say the university's national rankings and the growth of its endowment has declined under Biondi's leadership.

A school spokesman said the university's academics, student body size and reputation have all improved during Biondi's 25-year tenure. Spokesman Clayton Berry called the vote unjustified.

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