Former LBW president gets no-confidence vote

Published 12:01 am Saturday, November 22, 2014

Former LBW president Ed Meadows Thursday received a “no-confidence” vote from the faculty of the institution he currently leads, Pensacola State College.

By a margin of 125-7, the faculty on Thursday voted “no confidence” in Meadows’ leadership and direction as president of the college that has about 11,000 students, reported.

The vote came after the faculty and administration failed to agree to terms of the 2013-2014 school year faculty collective bargaining agreement, which was not ratified in June by a 53-43 vote.

After the two sides negotiated for more than a year and a half, the faculty in September rejected the administration’s proposal and an impasse was declared.

“Though the recent vote of no confidence secured by leaders of the faculty union was a disappointment, given the current state of contract negotiations it was not unexpected,” Meadows said in a news release. “It is very clear that this action is directly tied to the bargaining impasse that now exists between the faculty union and the college administration and the allegations of the union leadership is purely propaganda.”

Paige Anderson, PSC faculty association president, said the vote has more to do with the president’s leadership and decision-making than the labor issues and negotiations.

“It saddens me that we have come to the place that the only possible method of getting the Board of Trustees to listen to faculty concerns is to hold a vote of no confidence,” Anderson says. “However, this vote was overwhelming.”

Despite the faculty’s no confidence vote, the college’s Board of Trustees unanimously stood in support of the administration.


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