TRU faculty launches non-confidence vote

While Thompson Rivers University students cram for final exams this week, the university’s faculty association has launched a non-confidence vote against administration.

During the next week approximately 800 faculty members in Kamloops and Williams Lake are being asked to vote online whether or not they have confidence in five of the university’s senior administrators — excluding TRU Williams Lake campus director Dr. Ray Sanders.

The administrators named in the non-confidence vote include the president, three TRU vice-presidents — provost and vice-president academic, vice-president, finance and administration, vice-president, advancement—and the associate vice-president, academic faculty relations.

Sanders, director of TRU Williams Lake, declined an interview saying he apologized and wished he could comment.

TRUFA said the vote was initiated by a motion at a February general faculty meeting.

Of the more than 200 faculty members present, 95 per cent directed the executive to hold the vote.

The association represents instructors, librarians, counsellors and instructional support faculty at both campuses.

“Our members clearly felt that TRU senior administrators had demonstrated a lack of leadership, a lack of respect for faculty opinions, a failure to address key issues at bargaining, and a “management by crisis” attitude toward academic decisions and planning,” TRUFA president Tom Friedman stated in a press release issued Tuesday.