UW-Stevens Point faculty want regents to oust administrators

UW-Stevens Point faculty want regents to oust administrators
UW Regents 2017

Faculty and students are demanding regents oust the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s top administrators, arguing their leadership has been erratic and incompetent.

Faculty members and students sent the regents a letter Thursday expressing a lack of confidence in Chancellor Bernie Patterson’s administration.

The letter comes after the administration announced in March they wanted to eliminate 13 programs to help cope with a $4.5 million deficit. This month the administration scaled that back to six majors.

The letter argues Patterson’s staff expanded enrollment and over-hired when they should have planned for a leaner future. The letter also notes a student dean who handled sexual misconduct complaints resigned after he himself was accused of sexual harassment in 2015.

Patterson said in a statement that his administration is leading the school through “necessary change.”

UW System spokeswoman Heather LaRoi didn’t immediately reply to an email.

Get your weather forecast from people who actually live in your community. We update with short, easy-to-use video forecasts you can watch on your phone every day. Download the iOS or Android app here.

Comments

comments