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UMaine Machias faculty supports other campuses' no confidence votes against system chancellor

Connecticut Governor Malloy
Jessica Hill
AP file
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gestures as he speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

Faculty at UMaine Machias are the latest to express their concerns about system Chancellor Dannel Malloy. The faculty assembly voted unanimously on Thursday to support colleagues on three other campuses who have taken no-confidence votes in recent weeks.

In a letter issued by Machias faculty, they say they distrust Malloy and what they describe as system administrators' questionable tactics to pursue goals.

They say a lack of transparency tainted the search for a new president for the University of Maine System's Augusta campus and they support colleagues' request to relaunch a search. They also say they're outraged over layoffs at the Farmington campus that gutted humanities and social science programs and are urging Malloy to actively respond to faculty concerns.

Malloy says he has received letters of solidarity from faculty at other system campuses and he's confident that he can improve relationships with faculty and staff while also advancing the priorities of the Board of Trustees.