IU Board of Trustees Backs President Whitten Amid Faculty No-Confidence Vote

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — April 16, 2024

In a resounding show of support, the Indiana University Board of Trustees has backed President Pamela Whitten following a vote of no confidence from faculty members against her, the provost, and vice provost.

The faculty’s vote, which took place Tuesday, raised concerns over the leadership of President Whitten and her administration amidst what they described as unprecedented challenges facing higher education. However, the Board of Trustees stood firmly behind Whitten.

In a statement issued on April 16, 2024, the Board highlighted the evolving landscape of higher education, acknowledging societal shifts, policy changes, and campus unrest across the nation. Despite these challenges, the Board endorsed IU 2030, the university’s strategic plan spearheaded by President Whitten, as a roadmap for growth and excellence.

“We proudly endorsed IU 2030, the university’s strategic plan outlined by President Whitten and her administration, which was designed with faculty and staff participation on every campus,” the statement read.

Board Chair W. Quinn Buckner reaffirmed the Board’s support, expressing full confidence in President Whitten’s leadership and commitment to IU’s future. “President Whitten has my full support and that of every member on the Board of Trustees,” Buckner stated. “She is an extraordinary leader who is crucial to Indiana University’s success and will be serving as our president for years to come.”

The Board’s unwavering support comes amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and dissent within the university community.

Complete statement:

https://trustees.iu.edu/index.html

“IU Board of Trustees Backs President Whitten Amid Faculty No Confidence Vote

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — In a resounding show of support, the Indiana University Board of Trustees has backed President Pamela Whitten following a vote of no confidence from faculty members against her, the provost, and vice provost.

The faculty’s vote, which took place Tuesday, raised concerns over the leadership of President Whitten and her administration amidst what they described as unprecedented challenges facing higher education. However, the Board of Trustees stood firmly behind Whitten, emphasizing the need for shared respect and grace in navigating turbulent times.

In a statement issued on April 16, 2024, the Board highlighted the evolving landscape of higher education, acknowledging societal shifts, policy changes, and campus unrest across the nation. Despite these challenges, the Board endorsed IU 2030, the university’s strategic plan spearheaded by President Whitten, as a roadmap for growth and excellence.

“We proudly endorsed IU 2030, the university’s strategic plan outlined by President Whitten and her administration, which was designed with faculty and staff participation on every campus,” the statement read.

Board Chair W. Quinn Buckner reaffirmed the Board’s support, expressing full confidence in President Whitten’s leadership and commitment to IU’s future. “President Whitten has my full support and that of every member on the Board of Trustees,” Buckner stated. “She is an extraordinary leader who is crucial to Indiana University’s success and will be serving as our president for years to come.”

The Board’s unwavering support comes amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and dissent within the university community. Nevertheless, they remain steadfast in their belief that President Whitten’s leadership is essential for IU’s continued growth and excellence.

The faculty’s vote of no confidence underscores ongoing tensions within the institution, raising questions about the path forward for Indiana University. Despite these challenges, the Board of Trustees’ endorsement signals a unified commitment to advancing the university’s mission and vision under President Whitten’s leadership.”

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