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Grad student council has 'no confidence' in SIU chancellor

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CARBONDALE -- By a vote of 23-1, the Graduate and Professional Student Council at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale passed a resolution expressing no confidence in Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

In a phone interview on Thursday, council president Johnathan Flowers said he hopes the vote, which took place Tuesday, sends a message to Montemagno and the board of trustees.

"Given his consistent marginalization of student voices and unwillingness to reach out and have conversations with students, we felt this was unacceptable, so GPSC took a vote of no confidence," said Flowers.

Flowers said not only has the chancellor done a poor job getting graduate student input on his plans to restructure the university, he said Montemagno has been on a power trip and created a culture of intimidation.

He says the administration recently tried to avoid letting a faculty review committee provide input on the chancellor's plans for the college of liberal arts.

"What we are doing is taking a stand against those kinds of things and faculty has thanked us for standing up and taking the risk to defy the chancellor," said Flowers.

He said if the Montemagno wants to improve his reputation, he can start by meeting with people who have the most to lose, like grad students.

"We want him to literally do his job and respect us as a constituency body with valuable input into the reorganization," said Flowers.

The vote is symbolic, but it could prove powerful in the end if it leads to change.

In a statement to News 3, Montemagno said he was "disappointed" to hear of the no confidence vote. 

"While I am disappointed, I will continue to welcome the input of the council and engage in meaningful dialogue with all of our extraordinary graduate and undergraduate students," said Montemagno.

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