Floyd weighs future of UMKC’s chancellor

Thursday, November 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:29 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

KANSAS CITY — The head of the University of Missouri system says schools must be headed by an administrator whom professors trust, but he remains undecided on the future of a chancellor given a no-confidence vote.

President Elson Floyd met with professors Tuesday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where Chancellor Martha Gilliland is a target of criticism.

Last week, Gilliland received no-confidence votes from professors in the university’s College of Arts and Science, School of Law, Bloch School of Business and Public Administration and School of Biological Sciences. The campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors also has said it does not support Gilliland.

Floyd held closed-door meetings with deans, student leaders and about 300 university staff members.

He said a university leader must have faculty support, though he said he did not want to make a hasty decision on Gilliland. Floyd said he would think about the issue over Thanksgiving and return to Kansas City on Monday to meet with community members.

Gilliland said in a written statement that she supported a dialogue on issues facing the university.

“I believe it is important for President Floyd to hear from the many voices that make up this university,” she said.

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