Margaret McKenna is a seasoned college president. She’s earned the respect of faculty and students, who are showing support on campus and on social media using the hashtag #SUStandsWithMcKenna.
“The stability and integrity of our alma mater is extremely important to us,” the group Alumni for Suffolk wrote on Twitter.
College presidents, though, increasingly serve at the pleasure of their boards. Former Bucknell University president Brian Mitchell says that can lead to instability.
“We have part-time volunteers making decisions as members of boards of trustees about the future of an institution when they might be on campus three or four times a year,” Mitchell said.
Suffolk’s Board worries some of McKenna’s sending decisions have put the university on shaky financial ground. The vote to remove McKenna is scheduled for Friday, and it comes amid reports that former attorney general Martha Coakley is negotiating with the Board to replace her.
In September, McKenna joined Boston Public Radio’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagen to discuss the challenges facing Suffolk – from skyrocketing costs to a shrinking endowment.
“I have no interest in doing the same old,” McKenna said shortly after taking the job. “We need to focus on the things we do well.”
Listen to the full interview here:
[Cross-posted at On Campus: the WGBH News Higher Education Blog]