USM faculty no confidence vote fails
PORTLAND, Maine—More than half the faculty at the University of Southern Maine has voted that it has no confidence in President Selma Botman, but the vote lacked the majority needed to pass.
USM spokesman Bob Caswell says the 194-88 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
Voting was open to 377 full-time faculty members on Tuesday and Wednesday.
University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page said in a statement Wednesday, "The fact that this vote occurred is a matter we take very seriously." He says he plans to "engage with all of the parties involved to move USM forward."
William Steele from the university's theater department says many faculty members disagree with a campus-wide reorganization by Botman and think she isn't doing enough to stem declining enrollment.