March 20, 2018

WUFA Raises Concern over Interim Appointment Decision

The University of Windsor Faculty Association is raising questions about the legitimacy of the decision of the Board of Governors to appoint Provost Douglas Kneale as Interim President.  The key question concerns why a duly appointed search committee was, apparently, unable to find a qualified candidate to assume the Presidency on a permanent basis.  Nothing of substance has been communicated to the University community for several months.  Yesterday’s announcement thus came as a shock.

“I am confident that I speak for the vast majority of the members of the association when I say that we are extremely disappointed in the search process.  Like too often when major decisions are made at the University of Windsor, faculty- who do the teaching and research that makes the university a university—have been kept in the dark,” said Association President, Dr. Jeff Noonan

The Faculty Association is demanding to know:  a) whether the search committee failed to find a qualified permanent candidate; b) if they did find a candidate, and made an offer, what happened to prevent the candidate from accepting the position; and c) why nothing of substance has been communicated to faculty after almost a year of searching?

“If the Chair of the Board of Governors is unable to answer these legitimate questions, then that in itself raises further questions,” added Noonan.  “The issue here is about process and transparency.  Once again, an opportunity to build on recent positive momentum has been squandered, and a secretive process substituted for the open democratic procedure all members of the University of Windsor community should rightly expect of a public institution.”

The Faculty Association will be consulting with its members about a collective response to this unexpected turn of events.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Jeff Noonan, President of the Faculty Association  (519) 253-3000 ext. 3366