Umsl Dean Loses His Post Differing Priorities May Be Behind His Removal

By Susan C. Thomson Of The Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 24, 1997 | Go to article overview

Umsl Dean Loses His Post Differing Priorities May Be Behind His Removal


Susan C. Thomson Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


* E. Terrence Jones' campus budget stance may have led to his removal as dean of UMSL's College of Arts and Sciences.

With budget issues in the background, Chancellor Blanche M. Touhill removed E. Terrence Jones on Friday as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

"She said she thought she and I had different priorities for the campus and that therefore she wanted me out of the position," Jones said. As a possible reason, Jones said, Touhill mentioned only his recent reorganization of the college. He said he had laid off seven full-time and several part-time staffers to help meet the campus' latest budget shortfall and to finance faculty salary increases mandated by the university's Board of Curators. Also for budgetary reasons, Jones said, 25 of the college's teaching jobs have gone unfilled over the last five years. Touhill issued only a statement saying Jones had been reassigned to a teaching job, effective immediately. She could not be reached for comment. Faculty jobs have gone vacant while the campus has accepted outside money for endowed professorships. That has created "massive dissatisfaction on campus," said Dennis Judd, a professor of political science. Just Wednesday, Touhill announced in her annual report to the community a $550,000 gift from Sanford N. McDonnell, retired chairman and chief executive of McDonnell Douglas Corp., for an endowed professorship in character education. …

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