Columbus State University President Tim Mescon was among the first to cast a vote Tuesday morning in a no-confidence vote on Mescon and Provost Inessa Levi called by the faculty senate.
“I am a member of the faculty,” Mescon said. “And have been for 32 years.”
Mescon is a former Kennesaw State University business school dean who took over at CSU 21 months ago.
The CSU president declined to say how he voted.
“It is a private and personal matter I won’t discuss until the process is concluded,” Mescon said.
Voting among the 287 full-time CSU faculty members will end at 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Votes will be counted Thursday by former Columbus Mayor Frank Martin, a local attorney.
Mescon and Levi are being voted on separately. The vote is non-binding and has no formal impact on either one’s job status.
Levi, like Mescon, is new to the university. She has been on the job for 10 months.
Faculty senate executive officer Susan Hrach said she hopes at least half the faculty votes.
“No matter what kind of event you host, not everybody is going to come,” she said.
The no-confidence vote was called for two weeks ago by a 16-5 vote of the senate.
An interesting element to the timing of the vote is the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is expected to vote Wednesday on a one-year extension of the contracts for system’s presidents, including Mescon.
The faculty senate was unaware of the timing of Mescon's contract renewal, Hrach said.