“Over the next six weeks, the faculty will try to come to an agreement with the GGC administration on a number of key issues,” Penn said.
In a Wednesday message to college employees, President Jann Joseph said she has “been made aware” that the senate “moved a resolution forward.”
The college issued a statement saying that administrators continue “to be committed to working with our faculty and staff on issues that impact the college.” The statement cited examples such as increasing the student retention rate and program offerings, managing budget cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic without laying off faculty, and remodeling campus spaces.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday obtained an earlier draft version of a proposed no-confidence resolution through an open records request with the college. It states that Joseph, Provost George Low and Chief of Staff Kat Kyle are targets of the proposed action.
That document outlines concerns including with faculty pay, employee shortages, “poor planning for increasing enrollment,” a possible conflict of interest because of an administrator holding more than one leadership position, funding priorities and lack of faculty input in college matters. The draft resolution also references communication issues, “including failure to share documentation that should be publicly available” in a timely manner.
Faculty senate President Tirza Leader, who is also the senate’s spokeswoman, sought permission from the college’s communication office to comment on Tuesday’s meeting. Georgia Gwinnett College spokeswoman Jacqueline Todd told her that the reporter should instead request information through an open records request. Todd told the AJC that she didn’t have details from Tuesday’s meeting.
In a campus letter sent last week, Joseph and 10 top administrators defended their work while noting a “lingering sense of discontent among some members of the faculty.”
Georgia Gwinnett College enrolled just over 11,000 students last year and had 447 full-time instructional faculty and 119 part-time faculty, according to its website.