Northeast TN Community College president target of ‘no confidence’ vote

The faculty at Northeast State Community College – in separate votes of “no confidence” by the Faculty Senate and the full faculty — have expressed disapproval of the institution’s president, Janice Gilliam, reports the Kingsport Times-News. The newspaper notes it’s the third time since 2014 that a Tennessee community college faculty has voted “no confidence” in a president and, in the two previous cases the targeted president wound up resigning.

Gilliam, president since mid-2009, has asked for an independent consultant to address the situation. Last week, she said she has no plans to step down in the face of faculty allegations including over-expansion, unrealistic revenue projections and an “environment of distrust.” The Tennessee Board of Regents is to have a team at Northeast State on Thursday to look into the situation.

The Senate vote was 10 for no confidence and one abstaining. The faculty vote was 98 no confidence votes, 16 confidence votes, one abstention and 12 not voting. The eligible voters numbered 127.

Chattanooga State President James Catanzaro announced his retirement in late 2014 after a no confidence vote in him by that school’s faculty, while more recently Jackson State Community College President Bruce Blanding in September of 2016 announced his earlier-than-planned retirement after a no confidence vote by the faculty of that college.

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