Coppin President Says Vote Of No Confidence Won't Derail Efforts To Improve University

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The president of Coppin State University says he won't be derailed by a recent vote of no confidence from faculty members and promises rapid efforts to improve communications with those who have criticized his leadership.

"I certainly take all of the issues, whether it's budget or academic affairs, seriously," said President Reginald Avery in an interview Friday. "I just think there has been a lack of communication, and if I need to do more to improve that, I will."

Avery said he wants to hold a town hall meeting as early as next week and will also hold meetings with smaller groups of faculty to hear their concerns.

The faculty voted no confidence in Avery's leadership by a 55-13 margin at a meeting Monday. Leaders of the faculty senate issued a list of complaints including excessive turnover in top academic positions and poor budget management.

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