An Administrator Turns Heads With a Pledge to ‘Take Back Control’ of the Faculty Senate

By Katherine Mangan

Vowing to “take back control” of the Faculty Senate by electing an administration-friendly slate of candidates, an administrator at Kean University has raised eyebrows with an apparent directive to his subordinates to bring him the votes.

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James A. Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of Teachers, sent a message to union members attaching the email from Mr. Connelly. In that email, Mr. Castiglione wrote, the executive vice president “leans on lower-level administrators to round up votes for their slate of candidates in the Senate election.”

He said the email exposes the slate “as completely one-sided and beholden to the Farahi administration.”

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