University of Southern Maine faculty members are circulating a petition to force a facultywide referendum vote of no confidence in school President Selma Botman.
Professor William Steele of the university’s theatre department said he and other faculty members have gathered more than the 34 signatures — about 10 percent of the full-time USM faculty — necessary to trigger a vote among the entire faculty.
“There will be a no-confidence referendum,” Steele said on Monday.
“Of course I’m disappointed,” Botman told the Bangor Daily News on Monday evening. “Who wouldn’t be disappointed? But I understand there are faculty members who are upset. They work very hard and they’ve gone without raises for a long time. I was a tenured faculty member once, so I do understand the frustration.”