Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Chancellor Daniel Greenstein is facing criticism from state system faculty union leadership and members.
Jamie Martin, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) president, said many APSCUF members perceived Greenstein’s remarks during a senate hearing as a threat, according to an APSCUF press release.
Greenstein said the “threat” at a March 18 state senate budget-appropriations hearing.
“Unless we figure this out, I will be recommending to the board that we come back to the senate next year with a legislative package to dissolve the system,” Greenstein said.
Martin responded to the chancellor’s remarks calling them “reckless and irresponsible,” according to the press release.
“The chancellor should be a leader and advocate for higher education in Pennsylvania, but his suggestion only creates fear, uncertainty and mistrust for students, their families, faculty, coaches, staff and Pennsylvania residents,” Martin said. “His detrimental testimony crossed a line, and we are shocked, appalled and outraged.”
Martin will call for an APSCUF executive council emergency meeting this week to “discuss the situation” “Action must be taken,” she said in the press release.
The chancellor’s remarks can be found at the 52:23 minute mark online at pasenategop.com/blog/state-system-of-higher-education/.