TRUSTEES' COMMENTS REGARDING THE
DECISION TO CONFER TENURE AND PROMOTION--BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING OF
CHAIRMAN BENNO SCHMIDT: I would like to say
that I commend the Chancellor for his leadership in this matter. It is, of
course, unusual, as he rightly said, but it is very clear under our Bylaws
that the Chancellor is not only authorized to make a judgment and
bring that to the trustees but is responsible for making
recommendations to the Trustees with respect to all tenure matters. I want
to commend the Chancellor for taking the responsibility in this
complicated case in a way that I agree is entirely consistent with the
highest academic values and the interests of the University. So I want to
commend you on your leadership in this matter.
TRUSTEE RANDY MASTRO: I, too, want to commend
the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor (Frederick Schaffer) for their
responsiveness and resolution of this issue. Today's decision reaffirms a
very important principle--that faculty tenure at CUNY is not a popularity
contest. It's about academic excellence. And I applaud the Chancellor and
the Vice Chancellor for working out this solution.
TRUSTEE KAY PESILE: As I stated before, I
certainly want to commend the Chancellor and Rick Schaffer for all their
efforts for seeing this through since I brought it to the Chancellor's
attention in early October. This is an equitable solution. Thank you
Motion to confer tenure and promotion unanimously
adopted, with no abstentions.