University of Northern Iowa professors Friday, in a rare move, passed a resolution saying they lacked confidence in President Ben Allen’s academic leadership.
The vote was 197-53, with four abstentions, and came as Allen is unveiling cuts he says are necessary for the Cedar Falls university’s future. The vote is symbolic, but it is likely to deepen tensions at a time when administrators say the future of the university of 13,000 students is at stake.
Faculty said they should be consulted about the cuts.
Allen pushed to close a laboratory school operated by UNI’s College of Education and a campus natural history museum. Next week, he is expected to announce the elimination of academic programs with low participation rates.