BOARD MOVES TO RESOLVE IMPASSE AT IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

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(Boise). Calling it "the most reasonable action to take at this time", the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) has voted to suspend the faculty senate at Idaho State University.

"The impasse between the leadership of the senate group and the administration has reached a point where the prospect of any kind of progress was simply non-existent," said SBOE President Richard Westerberg. "It's time to start over."

The Board, meeting in Boise, heard an update from ISU President Art Vailas on the university's reorganization efforts including changes to the faculty governance plan. During the discussion, members of the board questioned Vailas about the probability of finding a solution to the current stalemate in relations with the faculty senate. The Board moved to suspend the current senate and instructed President Vailas to implement an interim faculty advisory structure. Vailas was also charged by the Board to bring complete his review of faculty governance as previously charged by the Board and to bring that review, which should include a reconstituted faculty senate and a new faculty governance model to the Board for review by April 2011 with a final model due no later than the June 2011 SBOE meeting.

The Board will meet April 20-21, 2011 in Moscow on the campus of the University of Idaho.

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