BGSU faculty group blasts Mazey for planned cuts PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:55
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File photo. BGSU president Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey makes her way to the stage during a commencement ceremony at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green Ohio on December 15, 2012. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bowling Green State University Faculty Association this morning suggested that senior faculty, faculty senators and other campus leaders “publicly call for an end to the tyrannical incompetence of the (President Mary Ellen) Mazey and (Provost Rodney) Rogers administration.”
BGSU-FA was responding to a late Friday afternoon confirmation by Mazey of plans to reduce faculty employment by 100 by the start of fall semester in August. Rogers apparently talked about the issue earlier last week during a meeting of the BGSU Faculty Senate.
The university and BGSU-FA are in their second year of negotiations for a first contract for faculty.
The statement says Mazey “offered the disingenuous claim that these positions will come from attrition, retirements and the expiration of some one-year teaching contracts.”
BGSU-FA claims that chairs and directors were given a list of non-tenure track faculty whose contracts end this academic year and told to identify faculty to cut. “This mass termination is indicative of the Mazey administration’s lack of long-term vision and its continuously subpar top-down management.”
The union says the result will increase the student-to-faculty ratio, class sizes will increase and the variety of classes decline. “Despite Mazey’s marketing team’s spin to the contrary, students’ educational experience at BGSU will be diminished greatly,” the statement claims.
The university said Friday the move would save $5.2 million that can be directed to other priorities, including competitive salaries for faculty and staff.
BGSU-FA claims the latest administration salary and benefits proposals, when added up, do not cost BGSU any more than it pays out now to faculty and that BGSU faculty compensation will remain second to the bottom as compared to other public Ohio institutions.
“But the $5.2-million savings is suspiciously close to the $5 million number that BGSU officials have floated as the loss from state share of instruction under Ohio’s new funding plan,” the statement indicates. “In other words, Mazey may have decided that faculty alone should absorb any budgetary challenges. It’s certainly easier than cutting six-figure administrators, in-the-red athletics, expensive residence halls, luxurious renovations to the rec center, high-priced outside consultants, failed football bowl games, or Mazey’s  team of spin doctors which, as Mazey administration spending indicates, are her true priorities.”
The statement alleges the administration has “no intelligent strategy for handling the new state funding model or for recruiting students” and has made no efforts to address faculty pay or cost-of-living adjustments.
 

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