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Thursday, 7 February 2019

AUC faculty passes vote of no confidence in its president

AUC faculty deliver vote of no confidence in president after Pompeo’s ‘fiery’ speech: The American University in Cairo’s Senate voted on Tuesday in favor of declaring no confidence in the university’s president, Francis J. Ricciardone, and called on the university’s board of trustees to appoint a replacement, Declan Walsh writes for the New York Times. “In a letter to Mr. Ricciardone, faculty members cited low morale, complaints about his management style, grievances over contracts and accusations of illegal discrimination.”

The grumbles have been building up for a while: These grievances, the faculty members said, existed long before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a “fiery” speech at the university last month, but “exploded into the open” when they were not included in or informed of the decision “to bring a former C.I.A director who has spoken in favor of torture to A.U.C.,” as the chairwoman of AUC’s history department, Pascale Ghazaleh, put it. Academics interviewed by Walsh indicated distrust for Ricciardone, largely due to his political background.

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