Failure to Communicate
Landau says a vote of no confidence would be "counterproductive." He adds that he thinks the faculty "have much more trust in our board and in our executive leadership team than to resort to that kind of theatrical gesture." And he also suggests that the faculty's unhappiness may reflect the frustration felt by organized labor at new anti-union laws. " I don't think there's a member of this board who agrees with what the legislature's done with regard to right-to-work," he volunteers.
Fitzpatrick says right-to-work isn't the problem--it's Bellanca's attitude. And even Landau concedes that the relationship may have been damaged. "We look forward to President Bellanca rectifying whatever issues she has with communications with the faculty," he says. "We have directed her to take such steps as are necessary to improve that atmosphere, [and] we have faith that it will improve."
Interviewed in early April, Bellanca made it clear she's heard that message. Asked about the faculty's complaints about her failure to communicate, she replied, "Honestly, I could have done better. When we talked about strategies, dialogue never occurred, and it should have occurred. That's my responsibility. I hope we can get past that, to say, 'OK, this happened, but let's not make it happen again.'"