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The Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to launch a faculty-wide survey about University President Thomas LeBlanc’s leadership and communication abilities, which could lead to an indication of no confidence.
The assembly, which is open to all faculty members with full-time faculty as voting members, directed the Faculty Senate to launch the survey and subsequently report its results to the assembly in a 150-25 vote. Arthur Wilson, the chair of the senate executive committee, had signaled support for conducting the survey at the last senate meeting, and the move came following a tense standoff over the assembly’s ability to conduct online voting.
Guillermo Orti, a faculty senator who presented the petition calling for the survey, said the survey will allow faculty to express their “sentiments” about GW’s leadership.
“The senate has already started preparing an instrument for getting this information,” he said. “I believe it will be a most welcome perspective to get this by the faculty for the faculty.”
Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have called on LeBlanc to resign in recent months, citing officials’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other controversial decisions.
The survey could lead to an indication of no confidence, censure, approval, …
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