Goddard College faculty staff look past president’s departure

Faculty and staff at Goddard College say the departure of President Barbara Vacarr is a positive development.

Vacarr, who’s been president since 2010, announced her resignation in late July.

According to a news release, 142 faculty and staff members, signed a “solidarity statement” to show that they are “embracing the presidential transition as an opportunity to stabilize and strengthen the College.”

The release, issued by the staff and faculty union — Local 2322 of the United Auto Workers — also notes that they are in the middle of collective bargaining negotiations.

“The faculty, unionized since the 1990s, has been without a contract since June. The staff, which joined the UAW earlier in the year over Vacarr’s strong opposition, is bargaining a first contract.”

The “solidarity statement” also urges the board of trustees to work with faculty and staff on a number of goals including a recommitment to “faculty shared governance over academic matters,” elimination of expensive outside consultants, and development of a “credible plan to improve enrollment.”

A link to the statement can be found on the United Auto Workers website.

Alicia Freese

Comments

  1. Is it? Can it be true? They,the faculty, are going to manufacture cars at Goddard? Really? Chinese or Russian?

  2. Rolf Mueller :

    “Faculty and staff at Goddard College say the departure of President Barbara Vacarr is a positive development.”

    Who hired her? The board of trustees?
    I wonder if faculty and staff would see it as a positive development if the ‘goard’ would “depart”?

    The friction between staff/faculty and the board doesn’t seem productive for the well being of Goddard College.

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