Two more faculty groups at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have voted no confidence in chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

Faculty groups at Bemidji State University and Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall approved no-confidence votes Monday.

Overall, faculty at five of the seven MnSCU universities have issued no-confidence votes against Rosenstone, with groups at Winona State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State University issuing their votes in just the past two weeks.

The groups are all part of the Inter Faculty Organization, one of two unions to recently withdraw from participation in Rosenstone's plan to overhaul system operations. Combined, the unions represent more than 8,000 people, including faculty at South Central College.

The unions have expressed concerns about trust and transparency. They are also upset Rosenstone was not more upfront about paying the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. $2 million to continue work on the plan — called Charting the Future — while campuses all over the state are struggling to cope with budget shortfalls.

Rosenstone's office said in a statement Tuesday that MnSCU continues to be disappointed that faculty union leaders are using this tactic with the goal of stopping conversations about Charting the Future. It continues to seek input about the plan and is currently holding a series of public houses about Charting the Future throughout the state. 

For more information about the initiative, visit: www.chartingthefuturemnscu.com

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