U of Ill. leaders postpone vote on new leadership

August 31, 2009 The faculty Senate is considering whether the university president and chancellor should keep their jobs.

A committee from the faculty senate voted last week to recommend that the president and chancellor should resign. The full senate was supposed to vote on that issue on Monday. However, on Monday afterrnoon, they voted instead to put off the decision two more weeks.

The students who got into the University of Illinois are the fortunate ones and many say they resent that some got in on the basis of favors and clout rather than G.P.A. and test scores.

"A lot of people work hard to get into these type of schools and for some to not even have to apply, it made people that work hard feel bad," said St. Clair Morris, student.

"It bothers me a little. It's not fair to the people who deserve to be in the school," said Brianna Millar, student.

The admissions scandal at U. of I. has already cost most of the board of trustees their jobs. University faculty and student senators are now deciding whether the president and chancellor should resign. Both say they want to stay. They got a chance to make their case.

Joseph White says he had very little involvement in the admissions process.

"I did not and would not direct the admission of any applicant to the college of law or anywhere on the three campuses," said B. Joseph White, university president.

Chancellor Richard Herman says he wants to be part of the solution building an insulated admissions process.

"I don't seek absolution. What I seek the opportunity to help resolve the crisis my actions and those of others helped create," said Herman.

Many faculty and students are split overt issue but most are concerned about damage to the school's reputation and restoring that reputation should be the top priority.

"As a member of the faculty I'm hurt every day, every each day by the unethical actions taken on our behalf bit leadership," said Peter Liram, faculty.

"There is so much controversy going on. It's about time for the students and faculty to get beyond this and just move on," said Kurt Arnold, student.

A vote either way, when they take it, is largely symbolic. It is not binding. It amounts to a vote of confidence or no confidence. The ultimate decision lies with the university board of governors and Governor Quinn has said he will finish appointing all the members of that board of governors by sometime early next month.

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