The faculty senate at the University of Maine in Farmington on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against University of Maine Chancellor Daniel Malloy, who has faced public backlash against his leadership.
The no-confidence vote follows a similar vote at Augusta Maine University and the University of Southern Maine, as well as a student occupation of an administrative building last week.
In August, the University of Maine held two no-confidence votes last week, one led by Malloy and the other in a recent presidential inquiry into the appointment of Michael Lalibert. During that investigation, Malay and Trustee Sowen Bartholomew failed to disclose to the committee that a no-confidence vote in Lalibert’s previous job had been the subject of a storm of controversy.
Although the no-confidence vote noted Malay’s lack of transparency, they also denounced other aspects of his leadership. In Farmington, this includes the decision to cut nine faculty members.
“Commitment to students at the UMF is central to everything we do. We teach our students to look at data, to think critically about problems, to listen to the views of others, and to be open-minded. We want to follow their conscience and empower them to speak and act with conviction. The faculty senate modeled the process in their nearly week-long discussion before their vote of no confidence in Chancellor Malay arrived. This vote was not taken lightly, “said Sarah Hardy, president of the UMF faculty senate, in an emailed statement.
Malay, who earlier said he would work to restore confidence in his leadership, responded to a recent faculty broadside in an email to the university community on Wednesday evening.
“The system will continue to do what it can to find new opportunities for faculty members directly affected by these changes. I know this is difficult, and I know those who disagree with this move. I am responsible for my decision to approve this plan. As difficult as it is, and I understand that it is my responsibility to implement the approaches and strategies set by the Board of Trustees, even when it requires incredibly difficult choices, “Mallay wrote in an email to staff. “Our focus must be on serving our students and maintaining a university system that is accessible and affordable.”