Auburn group rejects vote against provost over pandemic work

Auburn group rejects vote against provost over pandemic work
Auburn President Jay Gogue acknowledged that the pandemic has caused confusion and changes, but he says Auburn has come through it without any furloughs or job cuts.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University’s faculty senate has rejected a no-confidence vote against the school’s top academic officer over his handling of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

A more than hour long virtual meeting ended Tuesday with 71% of the members voting to scrap the move against Auburn Provost Bill Hardgrave.

Critics panned Hardgrave for issues including his insistence on returning to primarily in-person classes in the spring.

President Jay Gogue acknowledged that the pandemic has caused confusion and changes, but he says Auburn has come through it without any furloughs or job cuts.

Hardgrave defended the push to increase in-person teaching and called the possible vote a personal and professional attack.

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