Kansas City Art Institute president gets vote of no confidence from faculty

05/08/2014 6:17 PM

05/09/2014 12:07 AM

Kansas City Art Institute President Jacqueline Chanda is under fire from faculty members who have sent a vote of no confidence to the school’s board of trustees.

Details of the vote were not released Thursday by school officials. They confirmed the faculty vote but declined to discuss it further, saying it was a personnel issue that would be handled through private correspondence and negotiation between faculty and trustees.

The vote was taken in April among the institute’s entire assembly of 58 full-time faculty members. Art and design professor Chris Chapin, who is chairman of that assembly, declined to discuss the vote.

Chanda, in a statement to The Star, said, “I am working with the board and with the faculty to resolve the issues that have been raised.

“All of this is reflective of a process in higher education by which faculty have a way to communicate with trustees, and while no one wants such a situation to arise, it is by no means unusual in academe. For me to respond further at this time would be inappropriate.”

Anne Canfield, spokeswoman for the institute, said the president had no plans to leave.

The Chronicle of Higher Education last year reported that dozens of no-confidence votes were taken on college campuses in the 2012-13 academic year, more than many professors say they can remember in one year.

Chanda is the 23rd president of the art institute. She took the post in 2011, saying part of her mission would be to raise the school’s visibility.

Before coming to Kansas City, Chanda had been the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France.

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