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Voting closed for no-confidence vote, awaiting results

Voting in the Law Building on the Portland campus closed today at 4 p.m. for the vote of no confidence in President Botman.
Paul Koenig | The Free Press
Voting in the Law Building on the Portland campus closed today at 4 p.m. for the vote of no confidence in President Botman.

Posted on May 02, 2012 in News
By Noah Hurowitz

Voting closed at 4 p.m. today for the faculty-wide vote of no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman with results set to be announced later tonight.

Faculty began casting their ballots yesterday at locations in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston. Ronald Schmidt, a professor of political science and the media contact for the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, said the counting committee expects to announce the data by 8 p.m. Schmidt told The Free Press this afternoon that he doesn’t know the number of ballots cast but anecdotal evidence suggested a large percentage of faculty had participated.

“When I went to vote the box was full,” he said. “There’s a lot of intense feelings about this, so I’m not surprised.”

The committee charged with counting the votes has members appointed by the major stake holders in the issue. President Botman appointed Martha Freeman, chief human resources officer, the senate executive committee appointed professor of economics Michael Hillard, and the faculty petitioners who triggered the no-confidence vote appointed professor of physics Jerry LaSala. Professor of law Chris Knott will join the committee as an overseer.

Once the ballots are counted, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will submit the data to University of Maine System Chancellor James Page and the board of trustees who will interpret the results. There has been disagreement over how to read the end results, because the Faculty Senate bylaws state a referendum must receive support from two-thirds of all faculty in order to represent the will of the faculty, while Robert’s Rules of Order, which the Senate follows, calls for two-thirds of only those who vote.

Schmidt said the Executive Committee doesn’t wish to involve itself in interpreting the results.

“We see our task as making sure the vote is transparent and legitimate,” he said. “We’re not setting ourselves up as the interpreters of the dispute in the governance documents. The board of trustees can decide for themselves.”

 

Stay tuned for updates as the results are released.

  • MaineHiker

    LET’S GET THINGS iNTO PERSPECTIVE HERE“Top EPA official Al AmendarizResigns after Republican Death threats.

    Published – Apr 30 2012 04:11PM EST

    DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obamaadministration’s top environmental protection official in theoil-rich South Central region, including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma,Arkansas and Louisiana, Al Armendariz, has resigned after Republicanstargeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word”crucify” to describe how he would go after companiesviolating environmental laws. EnvironmentalProtection Agency Administrator LisaJackson has spoken for AlArmendariz saying he regrets using the word crucify to describe howhe would deal go after companies violating environmental laws.

    A senior administration official,speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of thesubject, told The Associated Press that Armendariz has since receiveddeath threats. Mitt Romney has called for Jackson herself to befired! More than two dozen lawmakers in a letter to Jackson sentFriday, calling for Armendariz’ firing.” (I want to know who thesepink slime “lawmaker”s are and have it published to all America.)

    The DEP agency, perhaps more than any other, has found itself in
    the GOP’s “cross- hairs.” Republicans — including presidential contender,
    Mitt Romney have a lot of explaining to do. I call for Romney’s
    immediate dismissal from office and for a thorough investigation
    into his part in the death threats. Romney has the corrective mind of
    a beaten child with a box of matches.   Al Armendariz gives

  • MaineHiker

    LET’S GET THINGS iNTO PERSPECTIVE HERE
    “Top EPA official Al Amendariz
    Resigns after Republican Death threats.

    Published – Apr 30 2012 04:11PM EST

    DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama
    administration’s top environmental protection official in the
    oil-rich South Central region, including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
    Arkansas and Louisiana, Al Armendariz, has resigned after Republicans
    targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word
    “crucify” to describe how he would go after companies
    violating environmental laws. Environmental
    Protection Agency Administrator Lisa
    Jackson has spoken for Al
    Armendariz saying he regretes using the word crucify to describe how
    he would deal go after companies violating environmental laws.

    A senior administration official,
    speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the
    subject, told The Associated Press that Armendariz has since received
    death threats. Mitt Romney has called for Jackson herself to be
    fired! More than two dozen lawmakers in a letter to Jackson sent
    Friday, calling for Armendariz’ firing.” (I want to know who these
    pink slime “lawmaker”s are and have it published to all America.)

    The DEP agency, perhaps more than any other, has found itself in
    the GOP’s
    “crosshairs.” Republicans — including presidential contender,
    Mitt Romney have a lot of explaining to do. I call for Romney’s
    immediate dismissal from office and for a thourough investigation
    into his part in the death threats. Romney has the corruptive mind of
    a beaten child with a box of matches.   Al Armendariz gives
    me a choice to write in as president.