April 6, 2020

AAUP – Presidential Perks Story: FT Faculty Response to Survey

As all of you know by now, the News 4 I-Team ran a story on the travel expenses of Dr. Pollard.  Based on the e-mails and phone calls that members of the AAUP Executive Committee received we decided to conduct a survey in order to obtain your comments on the report.  The survey results were sent, unedited, to Dr. Pollard this past Saturday.  We felt it was important for her to have the results prior to the Board of Trustees meeting that was held last night.  At that meeting the Chairperson of the BOT read a prepared statement which voiced their full support of Dr. Pollard.  Dr. Pollard made no public comment at the meeting about the report.

The Presidents of the three unions; AAUP, SEIU, and AFSCME, and Rick Penn, representing the Faculty Council, have been asked to attend a meeting with Dr. Pollard regarding the recent media report.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon (December 14, 2016).

The members of the Executive Committee would like all of you to have an opportunity to review the results of the Presidential Perks Survey.  The survey prompts, the I-Team report, Dr. Pollard’s contract, Dr. Pollard’s response to the report, and the I-Team follow-up report, are posted in the Survey section of the Chapter website.

Read the unedited and anonymous results of the survey.

On behalf of the Chapter,

Harry Zarin, Chapter President


  1. I think the collection of comments was a good way for people to express their thoughts. Now, I hope we can move on to more important issues such as:

    who is accountable for special programs and initiatives that don’t work, horrible roll out of general education reform (not faculty’s fault), lack of communication and oversight of new and existing programming and initiaves, creation of documents (master plans, proposals for new initiatives, surveys, etc) that go no where, no measurable data, no outcomes, no oversight… Nothing ever gets done or examined or refined to make processes and programs better. We work on hard on committees and then nothing happens, no implementation plans, no budgeting. Our plans sit on a shelf until we have to check that box again. We have very weak leadership in the positions under Dr. Pollard. Who is going to address that?

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