SLU Faculty Issues Comprehensive Report on Why Lawrence Biondi Sucks

Dec 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm
The battle with Biondi (above) rages on. -
The battle with Biondi (above) rages on.
Think tension between the faculty and administration at Saint Louis University has simmered down in recent weeks?

- SLU Faculty Give Biondi a No-Confidence Vote
- Biondi Threatens to Pack Up SLU Medical and Head West
- SLU Law School Drama

Think again.

Today the faculty made public a lengthy report it has submitted to the university's board of trustees urging that the committee fire the school's president, Fr. Lawrence Biondi, and his embattled academic vice president Manoj Patankar.

The 16-page report (viewable and downloadable below) suggests that the university's reputation and fiscal health have been severely damaged under Biondi's leadership in recent years.

The university, according to the report, trails many in its peer group of similar colleges in endowment growth, grants and alumni giving. That and Biondi's preference for real estate developments over academics have contributed to the university dropping from a ranking of No. 78 in U.S. News and World Report's 2004 college rankings to No. 92 on the latest list, according to the report.

"If the university does not change course and begin to focus on academics more and real estate development less, we are not only unlikely to rise into the top 50, but we will be lucky to stay in the top 100," write the report's authors, adding that academic spending per student at SLU has also declined in recent years.

In the past two months SLU's Arts and Sciences Faculty Council, the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association have all three issued votes of no confidence in Biondi and Patankar.

The skirmish began earlier this fall when Patankar proposed a plan that faculty say would have abolished tenure and instituted a punitive annual-review process.

The report below comes following revelations that the university has hired PR firm Fleischmann-Hillard to handle faculty and student discord at the school. Students and faculty plan to march on campus this Saturday prior to a meeting in which they hope the board of trustees will take up the report and hear their complaints.

Slu Report on Biondi