California Faculty Association - LA Chapter
CFA Responds to Chancellor Reed's Evaluation
Laurence K. Gould, Jr., Chair Dee Dee Myers, Vice Chair Trustees of the California State University
A Response to the Board of Trustees Evaluation of Chancellor Charles B. Reed
Dear Mr. Gould and Ms. Myers:
Please convey to members of the Board of Trustees the faculty's deep disappointment with your recent evaluation of Chancellor Reed. The unqualified praise for the Chancellor expressed in your letter has generated a sense of betrayal among faculty who took the evaluation process quite seriously and addressed their concerns to you. Faculty members are dismayed that your letter ignored their input, attributed faculty achievements to actions of the Chancellor, and obscured the reality of Mr. Reed's relations with CSU faculty.
Chancellor Reed's evaluation ignores stacks of letters and strings of email messages written in response to your calls for faculty input and copied to CFA. It is inconceivable that a careful reading of these thoughtful, thorough reviews could leave a Board dedicated to the future of the CSU unaffected. It is certainly inconceivable that such detailed and extensive solicited assessment of performance would be ignored in any legitimate faculty review.
It is especially disturbing to see Chancellor Reed given sole credit for projects conceptualized, initiated, and implemented by the faculty. Our analysis and objections led to the termination of CETI, teacher preparation has long been one of the CSU's highest priorities, and partnerships with K-12 education reflect faculty commitment not administrative zeal. The Chancellor oversaw the addition of tens of thousands of students without committing resources to hire sufficient tenure-track faculty to teach them. As a result, working conditions for all faculty have deteriorated. Similarly, the Chancellor committed the University to year-round operations without adequate funding, leaving faculty to sort out many of the details. It is telling that while the system's budget has increased, the percentage of the budget devoted to instruction has steadily decreased.
At the end of your letter, you provide a list of the Board's goals for Mr. Reed to pursue over the next three years. Faculty - the intellectual center of the University - rank last! Asking Chancellor Reed to "enhance communications and consultation with faculty" lacks the specificity expected in even the most cursory of reviews. Requiring that he "plan effectively for anticipated faculty hirings" is similarly vague and akin to asking one to begin repairs on the dam after flooding has begun. A wise Chancellor would plan for faculty first. A concerned Board would acknowledge the faculty input in preparing such an evaluation.
It saddens us to send this letter, but we have felt it necessary to communicate with you as honestly as the faculty who participated in the review process did. It is our belief that such communication is essential for the trustees, administrators, and faculty to have a relationship that is good for the CSU.
Susan Meisenhelder, President
Lillian Taiz, Vice President
Patricia Evridge Hill, Secretary
James H. May, Treasurer
Mark O. Sekelick, Associate Vice President, North
G. Nanjundappa, Associate Vice President, South
Elizabeth Hoffman, Associate Vice President, Lecturers