By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
6:04 PM EST, January 25, 2013
Morgan State University's faculty has overwhelmingly voted in support of President David J. Wilson, according to figures released by the university council Friday.
More than 86 percent of Morgan faculty members who participated in the vote cast ballots to signal their confidence in Wilson, who has recently come under fire from some members of Morgan's Board of Regents.
In early December, the regents voted 8 to 7 behind closed doors to not renew Wilson's contract when it expires at the end of the academic year. After many students, faculty members, alumni and community leaders rallied on Wilson's behalf, the board met again and voted 14-1 to write a new contract for Wilson for an additional year.
The board agreed to draft the new contract before the end of this month.
In recent weeks, board chair Dallas R. Evans has issued a letter to the other regents listing his concerns about Wilson's leadership ability. The head of a coalition of alumni from Maryland's historically black colleges and universities who are suing the state also wrote a letter criticizing Wilson.
But the data released by university council chair Gabrielle L. McLemore, a biology professor, show Wilson enjoys strong support from faculty members. More than 62 percent of faculty members participated in the vote of confidence during January meetings. Of those, more than 86 percent voted to support Wilson, about 4 percent opposed the vote of confidence and about 10 percent chose to abstain.
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