The egregious actions of the President and Provost are creating considerably more fear on our campus. These unethical practices have caused many in the Marylhurst community to lose their trust in their leaders. A sense of betrayal is now making its way from faculty to students.
To the Board of Trustees of Marylhurst University,
This letter is a Vote of No Confidence from a group of people comprised of students, alumni, and faculty from Marylhurst. The following actions, taken over the last year, have undermined the mission and values of Marylhurst:
1. Nearly 40 terminations and forced resignations of faculty have taken place since the arrival of Dr. Rose.
2. The abrupt termination of faculty was done without the knowledge of the Human Resources Department.
3. Faculty removed from the annual teaching schedule did not even receive the courtesy of a notice.
4. Department Chairs were not engaged in or even informed about decisions to terminate people in their Department.
5. Adjunct faculty with consistently high enrollment were among those let go.
6. Faculty have been fired for speaking of their concerns or have experienced retribution in other ways.
7. Several Sisters of the Holy Names have been laid off.
8. Alumni, promised a permanent email account, have had their email severed without being informed.
9. There’s been no transparency whatsoever in these actions.
10. Many classes in our catalog now list “Staff “instead of a faculty name.
11. Some students are now unable to graduate on time, and are questioning the viability of their program or department. This has been expressed several times at the open meetings with the Provost and students, without reassurance.
12. Several notable faculty members have been removed or have resigned in frustration and in principle. They have offered Marylhurst academic prestige with their vigorous scholarship on a national level through their published works, keynote speaking engagements at conferences, and innovative course design.
These methods are aggressive, malignant, and short-sighted. They are insulting to the Sisters, students, and faculty, and are damaging to the integrity of Marylhurst. They represent a violation of our mission and values, and do not align with our legacy of social justice and serving the underserved.
Academic Freedom is in question. Faculty have not been terminated due to gross incompetence, but rather to shape the university into an unrecognizable entity. Neither the President nor the Provost appears to have done their due diligence regarding our history and culture, nor do they seem to care about them. Marylhurst is losing its distinctiveness. Remaining faculty members are fearful of losing cherished livelihoods at a place they have dearly loved and in which they are heavily invested. They are now so fearful they are silent. Reed College, Lewis and Clark, Pacific University, and the University of Portland are experiencing record enrollment. Rather than gutting their programs and faculty, those institutions have built upon their uniqueness and have held strong to their legacies.
The egregious actions of the President and Provost are creating considerably more fear on our campus. These unethical practices have caused many in the Marylhurst community to lose their trust in their leaders. A sense of betrayal is now making its way from faculty to students. Truth is a basic tenet of quality education and it must be taught and forever upheld. And the standard of care must be equal to or greater than the standard of education or all will be lost. We urge you to defend Marylhurst by looking into these grievances, and develop a response within the next 30 days. It is quite possible that the only recourse will be to dismiss the Provost, and start anew with someone who is NOT from PSU, who has experience being a Provost, and who is a proven friend to small liberal arts colleges.