Faculty Senate Chairman George Conklin made a request to Broad in a letter Tuesday for the finalists to be introduced in the next Faculty Senate meeting, where an open forum would allow professors to question the finalists.
"Academic setting thrives on openness and discussion and consensus," said Conklin, also a member of the search committee.
"I do not feel that the committee has communicated well with the community as a whole."
Broad declined to attend the meeting with the finalists.
"When I met with the search committee, I made it very clear on the issue of confidentiality," Broad said. "It would be entirely inappropriate for us to spring this on the candidates now."
N.C. Central Board of Trustees Chairman William Smith said he would not support the publicizing of the three candidates.
"I respect the faculty's desire to know," Smith said. "We gave the candidates our word that it's going to be a confidential search, and I don't feel good going back on my word."
Conklin said the confidentiality rule was set before the search committee began the selection process and that the issue was never brought up thereafter.
But Conklin said the entire committee would be happy with any of the three finalists for chancellor.