Magazine article University Business

Interim President Ready to Act

Magazine article University Business

Interim President Ready to Act

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TRAVIS P. KIRKLAND IS NOT JUST filling a vacancy. As interim president at Del Mar College (Texas), Kirkland was appointed last August with an expectation: to make effective policy changes.

Though given backing from the Board of Regents to amend Del Mar's policy manual, some of his proposed recommendations are not sitting well with faculty members. A majority of them disagree with altering the college's current tenure policy and have formed a chapter of the American Association of University Professors to help oppose them, according to a media release.

With only a yearlong appointment, Kirkland is examining policies he thought were the most important to address before his successor comes, one of them being tenure. Right now the tenure policy, Kirkland says, "directly links tenure and promotion."

Kirkland's proposal involves the separation of promotion from tenure, to cease it from being an automatic process. "We are not doing away with tenure," he insists. Each of three ad hoc committees is forming a plan for his recommendation, developing specific procedures for tenure and post-tenure review as well as an evaluation process. …

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