A University President Is Compelled to Acknowledge the Necessity of Shared Governance


The following paragraphs are taken from the opening of an article by Katy Murphy that appeared in the May 12, 2014, edition of the San Jose Mercury News:

“San Jose State’s embattled president has issued a public apology, vowing to ‘right the ship’ after a rocky year and widespread criticism led the statewide chancellor to an unprecedented public review of the campus’s leadership.

“In a joint statement with California State University Chancellor Timothy White, SJSU President Mo Qayoumi acknowledged in a campus-wide letter late Friday that he had moved too rapidly in his excitement to improve the campus and ‘stepped on’ and ‘harmed’ a tradition of cooperation among staff, students and faculty.

“’For this, I am regretful,’ he wrote in the letter, which included a detailed plan to improve the school’s governance.

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