Howard University faculty call for president, administrators to resign

WASHINGTON — Faculty leaders at Howard University say they’ve had enough and are calling for President Wayne Fredrick to resign.

The decision comes after Howard University’s faculty council issued a vote of no confidence, The Washington Post first reported.

The university’s president, the board of trustees Executive Committee, as well as the chief operating officer and provost are among those being asked to step down.

The Faculty Senate Counsel sent a letter, publicized by The Washington Post, to Frederick and administrators on April 20, saying the vote of no confidence stemmed from “dissatisfaction with global systemic issues and chronic challenges posed by defaults in administrative leadership.”

The letter blamed Frederick’s leadership for the recent problems with student admissions, financial aid and housing allocations.

Despite the demands, division among the university’s leadership continues as Howard’s Counsel of Deans and the board chairman continue to show unwavering support for the president, calling the faculty council vote “deeply troubling and counterproductive.”

Before the vote, the faculty listed concerns including the lack of a timely budget, reduction in maintenance spending and the absence of a means of evaluating deans and directors, resulting in lack of accountability.

The demands for new leadership come just weeks after Howard University students protested for change, also hoping to see Fredrick step down.

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