UAB faculty mulls action against president who is dropping football
Faculty group is upset at president's unilateral move to drop football, other sports as a cost-saving measure.
THE UAB Faculty Senate is considering taking a no-confidence vote on president Ray Watts in the wake of his decision to drop football.
Faculty Senate chair Chad Epps said members voted by two-thirds majority while in executive session yesterday to submit two possible resolutions to faculty members and will reconvene in January after receiving feedback. Epps said the first resolution would "support athletics and require a transparent reassessment of all athletics." The second alternative would be a no-confidence vote in Watts.
"There's a lot of concern that the president didn't involve other constituents in the decision, and we want to make sure we don't do the same thing," Epps said.
Epps said the faculty group also considered resolutions calling for reprimand and censure. He said the discussion stemmed from "a series of events," not just the recent decision to cut sports.
Watts announced on Dec. 2 that he was eliminating football, bowling and rifle in a move he said would save the university millions. The Blazers had just completed a 6-6 season that was the program's best in 10 years.
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