UAB Faculty Senate releases drafted no-confidence resolution against President Dr. Ray Watts


    UAB President Dr. Ray Watts. (abc3340.com)
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have drafted a no-confidence resolution against the president following his decision to kill the school's football program despite it finishing with its best record in years. The document, released Thursday by the university, accuses UAB President Ray Watts of failing to share governance of the university with faculty members.

    The decision to eliminate football came after first-year coach Bill Clark led the team to a record of 6-6, the best in years. Average attendance doubled this year to more than 20,000 fans per game, but Watts said the program wasn't sustainable.

    [READ:{} Dr. Ray Watts responds to UAB Faculty Senate resolution]

    The resolution sites complaints over a series of moves including the decision to disband football and other athletic programs. A separate resolution requests "a comprehensive analysis of UAB Athletics that is transparent and includes consideration of campus-wide impact for discontinuation of any athletic program." The Faculty Senate is scheduled to vote on the document during a special meeting on Jan. 15. While largely symbolic, a no-confidence vote could undermine Watts' ability to lead the university of more than 18,000 students. "The Faculty Senate is working to ensure any decision made reflects the values and desires of the faculty as a whole," Senate President Chad Epps said in a statement. "We are doing our absolute best to take into account the gravity of this situation." Protests erupted on campus this month as officials considered whether to end football at UAB. Watts explained the decision by saying football would cost the school at least $49 million over five years to be competitive. Watts also eliminated the women's bowling and rifle programs following a consultant's study. He said dropping the three sports would allow the university to concentrate resources on other teams. UAB is the first major college program to give up football since Pacific did it in 1995.___UAB Intercollegiate Athletics Proposal 1UAB Intercollegiate Athletics Proposal 2

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