Embattled Columbus State University President Tim Mescon requested the University System Board of Regents delay a vote on his contract for next year.
The Board of Regents renewed contacts for the system’s presidents during today’s meeting in Atlanta.
The regents took a pass on Mescon, who is facing a no-confidence vote from CSU’s faculty. The results of that no-confidence vote will be known Thursday. CSU Provost Inessa Levi is also facing a no-confidence vote.
“President Mescon sent a note requesting he be given an extension based on what is going on at Columbus State,” University System spokesman John Millsaps said.
It is uncertain when the Board of Regents, which met in closed session to discuss the president’s of its 35 colleges and universities, will consider renewal of Mescon’s one-year, $300,000 contract. The next Board of Regents meeting is May 11-12.
The two-day no-confidence vote on Mescon will end at 8 Wednesday night. There were 287 full-time faculty members who were eligible to vote. Voting was conducted by secret ballot on the main and downtown campuses. Mescon and Levi were voted on separately.
Faculty members had to show their campus identification card before voting.
The votes will be counted by Columbus attorney and former Mayor Frank Martin. The results will be released by the faculty senate.
No information on the vote will be will be released until today, said faculty senate Executive Officer Susan Hrach, a tenured English professor.
The faculty senate called for the vote April 5, raising seven primary concerns with the university’s upper leadership.
Those concerns were:
• The promotion and tenure evaluation processes.
• The position and status of the library within the university structure.
• The administrative searches (at the levels of Provost and Deans).
• The reorganization of academic colleges and departments.
• The creation and composition of university-level committees and task forces.
• The handling of personnel matters.
• The faculty role in institutional governance.
Since the announcement of the no-confidence vote, the administration has backtracked on the top two complaints by the faculty senate.
The old, less stringent, rules for tenure and promotion have been restored. The eight professors who were denied tenure this year can reapply. The new rules will not go into effect until the 2011-12 academic year.
The library was moved from academic control to the university’s Informational Technology Department. It is being moved back to academic control and will report to the provost.