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Longtime Kean president to step down. Dawood Farahi clashed with unions and oversaw massive campus expansion.

Rebecca Panico, NJ Advance Media for

Kean University President Dawood Farahi announced he will step down next year, leading to calls for an open and transparent selection for his successor from faculty union leaders.


Although Farahi started out as a professor, he’s often clashed with the faculty union on campus, the Kean Federation of Teachers. The union has called Farahi to task on his resume, the purchase of a $250,000 conference table and the decision to open a satellite campus in China.

His retirement announcement was met with open arms by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. She and other local union leaders called for an open and comprehensive search for the next president.

“With Farahi’s exit, the Kean community can begin to heal and realize their school’s potential as the premier New Jersey institution it is destined to be,” Weingarten said in a statement. “The path to rehabilitation is long, but it begins with a legitimate search process for a new leader so Kean can be the economic and educational engine that Union County needs.”

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See also: Controversial President of Kean Will Retire Board is full of praise, but faculty union fought Dawood Farahi for years. (Jaschik,, Aug. 30)