Thursday, January 31, 2008

Legislators Press Trustees to Act

Legislators in yesterday's confirmation hearing for two CSU Trustees expressed dissatisfaction with the Trustees' passive approach to CSU problems:

Pressing his case against Fresno State President John Welty, state Sen. Dean Florez on Wednesday threatened to seek the ouster of two CSU trustees unless they committed to giving Welty more scrutiny.

Welty, who has come under fire for his handling of three recent sexual discrimination lawsuits against the university, was a major topic of discussion in Wednesday's confirmation hearing for California State University trustees Pete Mehas of Fresno and Roberta Achtenberg of San Francisco.

Senator Florez wants the Trustees to examine Welty's performance before his scheduled September review. Chancellor Reed sees no reason to rush and prefers to wait for the legal appeals. It's not clear why a campus president's performance review would have more to do with how much the campus can get away with in court than what the campus actually did under the president's leadership.


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