“The Board (of Governors) does have the right to make decisions about our future,” Provost Jim Dean said during Friday’s Faculty Council meeting.
“It’s not as if they’ve gone outside their powers or that’s against the rules. You can disagree with their decision, but it’s their right to make it.”
Ross will officially retire on Jan. 3, 2016 or when the Board of Governors’ finds a suitable replacement, whichever comes later. The board has given little information about its decision to force Ross to resign.
“This decision has nothing to do with President Ross’s performance or ability to continue in the office,” the entire Board of Governors said in a statement on its website. “The Board respects President Ross and greatly appreciates his service to the University and to the State of North Carolina.”
Many faculty members were concerned about the Board of Governors’ process for selecting a new UNC-system president.
“It’s challenging to talk about the process by which a new leader will be selected — and the values the new leader should represent — when the prior leader has been dragged off-stage moments before without an explanation,” said law professor Eric Muller.
Sociology professor Andrew Perrin said the values of the board and the system seem disconnected.
“Several of the recent actions of the Board of Governors seem to really challenge what we value in the University,” he said.