Delaware Valley University Faculty Vote No Confidence in the Board of Trustees, DVU Leadership

Press contact: Ed Sambriski, President

For Immediate release: On January 31st, 2022, 93% of Faculty of Delaware Valley University-AAUP voted No Confidence in the Board of Trustees, and in particular the leadership. Over 80% of the members participated in this historic vote, with 93% voting No Confidence in the board. The vote concluded in the late hours of February 1st. The frustration of the faculty is palpable, as this vote comes after concessions made by faculty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with no reciprocation from the Board.
A Statement of No Confidence was sent from DVU-AAUP to senior administration and the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Reasons for no confidence include non-transparent budgetary decisions, failure to disclose conflicts of interest, and a failure to publicly post bylaws by which the board operates.
Another reason for no confidence is the unilateral change in healthcare for faculty. Since January 1st, prescription prices have quadrupled for individual faculty. The DVU-AAUP union has also filed a grievance against the administration regarding changes in healthcare.
Faculty proposed solutions in this statement include increased board transparency and, “recognition of the work already being done by faculty and staff by not continuously demanding that employees bear the burden of increased workload, health care costs, retirement contributions, and cost of living without a commensurate increase in wages.”
The entire text of the DVU-AAUP Statement of No Confidence can be found here:
DVU-AAUP Mission: The Delaware Valley College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) believes that a strong, sincere collaboration between the Chapter and the Administration of Delaware Valley College towards shared governance fosters a positive environment. Such an environment allows our students to flourish and become productive members of society. The Chapter believes that we are here to serve and promote our students to the best of our ability, while guiding the Administration in ways that support this idealism.
About AAUP: The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities.