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ISU emeritus prof who criticized Vailas fired

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) ― A professor emeritus at Idaho State University says he's been fired from his part-time job in the campus library after writing an opinion piece that was satirically critical of school president Arthur Vailas. Leonard Hitchcock told the Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/qPO7Yr ) he was given the news Thursday. University spokesman Mark Levine said administrators on the Pocatello campus would not be commenting on the firing, citing personnel issues. Hitchcock worked as an unpaid volunteer for five years before he went on the university library payroll in January, earning $11 an hour as acting head of special collections. He is not the first university employee to claim he was fired for publicly voicing his discontent with the Vailas administration. The Idaho Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of professor Habib Sadid in December.
  

Ed Board endorses Vailas plan to again dump ISU faculty leaders, get new ones

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Faculty governance at Idaho State University will again be revamped under a plan endorsed by the state Board of Education. The board voted Thursday to approve the recommendation from school President Arthur Vailas, who called for the election of a new Faculty Senate this fall. The board voted last year to dissolve the previous Faculty Senate, which been at loggerheads with Vailas. The university then elected new, temporary faculty leaders to work with Vailas to adopt a new constitution. The provisional Faculty Senate was due to sunset this month, or upon the completion of constitution. But the two sides appeared far from a consensus in February, when faculty reported they had reached an impasse with Vailas. Vailas recommended work on the constitution continue with a new, permanent Faculty Senate.

ISU faculty senate dispute leads to federal lawsuit

Here's a news item from the Associated Press and Idaho State Journal: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Faculty leaders at Idaho State University claim administrators violated their free speech rights when blocking the provisional faculty senate from sending emails to the campus community. The Idaho State Journal reports a complaint filed Tuesday alleges the university started blocking emails from faculty leaders in November, following a disagreement over the adoption of a new faculty constitution. On Tuesday, a university spokesman said administrators had not yet seen the complaint and would respond in “due course.” The state Board of Education is expected to discuss faculty governance issues at ISU during a meeting Thursday in Boise. The board voted last year to dissolve the university's previous Faculty Senate, which been at loggerheads with school President Arthur Vailas. The university then elected new, temporary faculty leaders to adopt a constitution and bylaws.

State Board stands behind embattled ISU President Vailas

The State Board of Education is standing behind embattled Idaho State University President Art Vailas, the Idaho State Journal reports today, while he remains deeply unpopular with some faculty members at the university in Pocatello. Board vice president Ken Edmunds said there are no immediate plans to replace Vailas. “We are letting him see through the changes that he saw fit for the university,” Edmunds told the State Journal. “We will then evaluate his performance after he has had the opportunity to carry out his vision.” Click below for a full report from the Associated Press.

ISU faculty, administration still in turmoil

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Faculty members at Idaho State University have elected new leaders in a shake-up endorsed by the state Board of Education. The board voted in February to dissolve the university's previous Faculty Senate, which had clashed with school President Arthur Vailas and called for his ouster. While new faculty leaders were elected this month as part of a plan to smooth things over, the two sides still appear at odds. The locks at the Faculty Senate offices were changed after Vailas successfully pushed to dissolve the group. But when the newly elected faculty leaders asked the administration for a key so they could immediately begin their work, that request was denied. The Idaho State Journal reports university administrators want the new Faculty Senate to wait until the fall.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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