Last month, Columbus State University President Tim Mescon received a no-confidence vote from the school’s faculty.
Thursday, Mescon’s one-year contract was unanimously approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
“They made the appointment with the board’s full support of Dr. Mescon,” University System spokesman John Millsaps said.
Mescon, in his second year at CSU, asked the board to delay the vote last month until the results of the faculty vote were known.
Mescon received a 62-percent no-confidence vote. The university’s provost, Inessa Levi, received a 77-percent no-confidence vote.
“I am grateful for the support of each and every one of the regents as well as the leadership in the University System office,” Mescon said. “I appreciate very much the confidence and look forward to working closely with our faculty in a collegial manner with the best interests of the students and university in mind.”
The regents discussed Mescon’s contract in closed session during the scheduled meeting in Atlanta. All of the other University System presidents had their contracts approved last month, Millsaps said. Mescon will be paid $300,000, his salary since he was hired in 2008. The University System salaries are frozen due to funding shortfalls.
The no-confidence vote was called by the university’s faculty senate after concerns about the university’s top leadership began to surface.
Faculty senate Executive Officer Susan Hrach noted after hearing about the vote that University System Chancellor Erroll Davis was going to be at CSU on Friday. Hrach and any faculty member interested in attending will meet with the chancellor for about an hour.
“I will be interested in hearing what the chancellor might have to say about the decision and how they regarded the vote of no-confidence,” Hrach said.
On April 22 when the no-confidence vote results were announced, Hrach said it was “an accurate reflection of the climate” at CSU.Mescon said he had not known what the Board of Regents was going to do.
“I had no expectation because I have never been through this process before,” Mescon said.
He said he will continue to work to rebuild faculty trust.
“I am working with very clear guidance from the system office and I am working in a conciliatory manner with the faculty.”