Faculty Present Vote of ‘No Confidence’ In QU President
UPDATE: The Board of Trustees elected to retain Gervasi as president in a vote on Saturday, October 15. In light of current financial difficulties, Gervasi has agreed to take a substantial reduction in salary. Gervasi's primary roles moving forward will relate to fundraising and external relations. Chief Financial Officer Tom Ponto will serve in the interim role of Chief Operating Officer and guide day-to-day operations for the university. Ponto will report directly to the Board of Trustees.
On Monday, the Quincy University faculty presented the Board of Trustees with a vote of no confidence in President Robert Gervasi citing financial challenges.
The vote took place on October 6.
Board Vice Chair Del Mitchell offered the following statement:
“The Board of Trustees has received the resolution from the faculty and respects the concerns it raises in these challenging financial times. This situation is not uncommon as many colleges and universities are faced with similar scenarios in today’s rapidly changing higher education landscape. The board will discuss the faculty’s concerns at its upcoming meeting. At the same time, the board will continue to work with Dr. Gervasi and the executive leadership team to find ways to make prudent financial decisions to continue to move the university forward.
Gervasi joined Quincy University in June of 2008, becoming the twenty-second president in school history. In 2015, he was one of five finalists for the position of president at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He withdrew his candidacy.