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CAUT Bulletin Archives

March 1998

Thanks for governance study

On behalf of the members of the Mount Allison Faculty Association and in accordance with their wishes I am offering our deepest gratitude for and appreciation of the work CAUT has done in commissioning and publishing "An Inquiry into Governance at Mount Allison University."

The members met Jan. 21 to discuss the report and to decide what action we should take in light of its recommendations. At that meeting the following motion was passed unanimously: "MAFA offers thanks to CAUT and to professor Fred Wilson for undertaking the inquiry into governance at Mount Allison and publishing the resulting report and that MAFA endorses the report's findings and its recommendations for restoring a climate of civility in the Mount Allison University community."

The members subsequently decided to use the report to push the board to consider some of the recommendations. They passed the following motion without dissent: "the Mount Allison Faculty Association invites the board of regents to discuss through their respective executives ways of rebuilding a climate of civility at Mount Allison by implementing the recommendations from the Wilson report."

I wrote a letter to the board through Jim Keith, the chair, and the matter was considered at the board's mid-year meeting on Jan. 23. On Jan. 27 I had a response from Mr. Keith accepting the invitation, and the executive of MAFA is scheduled to meet with the executive of the board of regents on April 14. The report has had an impact and a salutary effect at least in the short term.

I have written to express our thanks and my personal congratulations to professor Wilson for a job well done. I would like to say to CAUT that we in MAFA believe this report to be just one more example in CAUT's long tradition of effective support of the professoriate and librarians here and just one more reason among many for our whole hearted commitment to CAUT.

President, Mount Allison Faculty Association