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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Academics. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/19072.

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Transcript Chancellor Defends Positions As soon as the floor of the faculty meeting yvsis opened for discussions, a divided faculty attacked issues that refused to be overshadowed by Austin's promised $10 million budget cuts. About 200 faculty members, administrators and press gathered to hear UH System Chancellor Alexander Schilt oudine the obstacles UH faced in Austin and the university's strategy to deal with the imminent budget crisis. However, faculty members wound up deliberating with SchiltandUH President James Pickering about the hiring freeze and Schilt's decision not to have a national presidential search. Two faculty-generated petitions were circulated to dismande the $38 million UH System and to conduct a national search for a UH president. The petition's originator, Robert Palmer, a Cullen professor of history and law, had gathered 30 faculty signatures and had requests from four departments for copies of the petition. Schilt addressed both matters in his speech. He defended the UH System by saying that the four UH campus could be best served by one administrative body. "I don't think discussion of the dismantling the system is appropriate, but I do think that you should ask us to run the most efficient administration possible," he said. Some faculty mem bers felt that maintaining the UH System was too expensive and they were not taking a fair share of the cuts, John Bernard of the English department said. Schilt defended his decision to not conduct a national search for a new president by saying that the middle of a budget crisis was not the time to be making changes. In a telephone interview later, he also said UH's Creative Partnership Campaign wouldstandtolose$100 million if supporters became uneasy with a change in leadership. "Iftheboardholdsme responsible for maintaining a stable leadership in UH then I owe it to the board to keep JimPickering," Schilt said. "He knows how to maintain excellence. Ibelieve that Jim has the instincts for quality and knows how to build an institution. Hehasbyfarexceeded my greatest expectations. "I don't think I can complete the campaign while in the middle of a search for a new president," Schilt said. "We clearly can't have Jim (Pickering) in a circumstance of an increasingly difficulty environmentbeingseen as a candidate. He has to be the president, and there can't be any question about his authority or how long he's going to be there," Schilt added emphatically. Later, Pickering headed the discussion on the enacted hiring freeze which, according to sociology professor Bill Simon, became heated. Twenty people up for faculty positions, some of whom were offeredpositions, couldbe affectedby the freeze. In addition to these people, any position vacated by a faculty member quitting, dying or retiring was affected. A March 22 memo from Pickering stated that offers that had already been made would be honored. "You have to listen to Pickering closely. He is very slippery and careful not to say anything precise," Bernard said. Pickering debunked the Houston Chronicle article that stated he was considering on reneging on this promise. However, the distinction between an offer and an agreement was then discussed. Apparently until an offer was accepted or it was not approved by the board it was not legally binding, Simon said. Some faculty members questioned the morality of this. "Some of the applicants were made offers months ago and they believe they're on the faculty," Bernard said. "Their name is on the schedule and they've burned bridges by turning down other offers and stopping their job search." "One had the feeling of a attending a board meeting of a sausage factory, not a university," Simon said. "We have administrators not educators, and their goals aren't syn onymous with education. "The size of the classes have grown...many things can be cut. Let's cut the football program before you cut the front line teachers," Simon said. "Let's be fair about this. A freeze is a freeze, a deal is a deal," Bernard said, referring to the vacant basketball coach and athletic director positions being filled during the freeze. "We have an obligation to the team, the NCAA and the SWC, as long as we compete, to give the men and women on these teams the best possible coaching we can with our fiscal means," Pickering said. "In response to Bernard saying the administration should be fair about the freeze, Pickering said, "There will be no coach hired as long as other deals are pending." However, the faculty appeared to more concerned with academics than athletics. Palmer said, referring to Pickering's impending appointment, "There's a limited amount we can do if he appointed. ButPickering will be left with a very dissatisfied campus." Schilt said Pickering's nomination would go before the Board of Regents in April. Schilt said he stand behind his decision and supported Pickering despite a divided faculty. -David Sikes 316 Academics