The faculty senate at the largest school in the the Connecticut State College and University System has voted overwhelmingly for the system president to resign.
The faculty senate at Central Connecticut State University, the largest school in the 17 campus system of Community Colleges and Universities, voted overwhelmingly (38-1) in favor of a resolution calling for system President Mark Ojakian’s resignation and the abolition of the Board of Regents that approved the merger of the Community Colleges last December only to have it rejected last month by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Since the rejection, Ojakian has said he intends to find a way to move forward with the merger or try to appeal the decision by the accrediting agency. Professor David Blitz is a member of the Central Faculty Senate and was one of those that told the board that the merger would not work. Today Blitz telling News 8, “We’ve gone to meetings of the Board of Regents, we’ve attended meetings of the legislature’s Higher Education Committee with no impact, we’re not listened to and consequently this is the result.”
Today Ojakian says, “I have no intention of resigning. I think the board has complete confidence in my ability to move the system forward.” Ojakian has said he may have no choice but to nearly double
community college tuition and close campuses because of state funding cuts. The faculty senate resolution calls for no decisions to be made until after the November elections, when there will
be a new governor and legislature. To that Ojakian says, “I think waiting to do anything until after November and into a new administration is foolhardy. We have pressing financial decisions that need attention.”
Ojakian says he still feels the merger would be best for the community colleges and he is scheduled to meet with a representative from the accrediting agency later this week.