A vote last week by the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development brings to four the number of NYU schools or campuses that have adopted statements rejecting the leadership of the university’s president, John E. Sexton, The New York Times reports. The tally was 117 to 45 against Mr. Sexton, whose top-down management style amid a period of aggressive expansion overseas and in New York City have sharply divided faculty members.
Other faculties that have approved similar resolutions include those of the School of Arts & Science, NYU’s largest; the Gallatin School of Individualized Study; and the Tisch School of the Arts Asia, a campus in Singapore that as of last November was not admitting any new students. Several groups, however, have voted in Mr. Sexton’s favor. They include the Deans Council, the faculty of the School of Law, and the Faculty Council of the School of Medicine.
In a letter to the faculty last month, Mr. Sexton acknowledged the divisions among the faculty and said he would continue visiting with faculty groups at the various schools and trying to deal with their concerns. “NYU has undertaken a lot of new, innovative initiatives in a short period of time,” he wrote, “and, regardless how positive they are or prove to be, there could have been better communication and faculty involvement in them.”Return to Top