Coppin State University President Reginald Avery told an auditorium of roughly 300 students, faculty and staff Wednesday that he is accountable for the direction of the institution and that he will address concerns about his leadership head-on.
Avery, who recently received a vote of no confidence from faculty, fielded about a dozen questions and comments, including that the university needs to improve staff training, better its customer service, provide higher salaries and add perks for loyal staff, amplify school pride and prioritize campus improvements.
"Put pressure on this president, criticize him, argue with him — whatever you want to do. That's OK," said Avery, who is starting his fifth year at Coppin. "I respect that."
The hour-long town hall followed a 55-13 faculty vote in late February. The vote was a result of a series of concerns, including increasing university debt, unfilled positions for three of the university's five deans and a failure last year to distribute $800,000 in need-based aid to students.