Last Thursday, Metropolitan State University cast a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Rosenstone’s ability to lead MnSCU:
Faculty at Metropolitan State University passed a vote of “no confidence” in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone Thursday — meaning all seven state universities have now formally questioned his leadership.
Then-Sen. Biden once allegedly told President George W. Bush that “a leader without any followers is just a guy out for a walk.” It appears as though Chancellor Rosenstone is looking like that guy out for a walk. Metropolitan State University Faculty Association Matt Filner issued this statement:
“The faculty has completely lost confidence in the ability of Chancellor Rosenstone to serve the students, faculty and staff of MnSCU. His neglect of students, lack of transparency, lack of respect for the bargaining process, and mismanagement of MnSCU is unacceptable.”
The MnSCU Board of Trustees issued this statement in response:
It continues to be disappointing that the faculty union is employing this tactic to stop the critical conversations that make up Charting the Future and the change needed to ensure that affordable and accessible higher education remains a reality for all Minnesotans. MnSCU will continue to seek broad input on the ideas produced by the faculty, staff, and students on the implementation teams and welcome the faculty back to the table any time they choose to return.
MnSCU’s statement is disappointing in that they aren’t admitting that it isn’t just the IFO that’s expressed no confidence in Chancellor Rosenstone’s leadership. The Winona State University Student Senate and the Metropolitan State University Student Senate both cast votes of no confidence in Chancellor Rosenstone.In their bills of particulars, both student senates cited Chancellor Rosenstone’s unwillingness to commit to a transparent process. Here’s how the Winona State University Student Senate expressed their thoughts on the matter:
With no public announcement, the Chancellor accepted a significant increase to his compensation, and bonuses at a time when students and Universities are facing crippling debt.
Although not required to, the Chancellor in particular, and the Central Office did not and currently have not provided adequate transparency of The McKinsey and Company contract. A heavily redacted version of the document was only made available when the initial contract was discovered and leaked by local media. With regards to our public higher educational system, this information is deserved especially with the cost of $2 million dollars.
Contrary to the Board of Trustees’ statement, this has everything to do with Chancellor Rosenstone’s habit of hiding important public information from the public. The IFO didn’t find out about Chancellor Rosenstone’s new contract extension until 9 months after it had been negotiated and signed. The students didn’t find out about MnSCU’s contract with McKinsey and Company when they asked Chancellor Rosenstone about the cost of implementing Charting the Future.
An executive that isn’t trusted isn’t an effective executive.