The following statement was adopted by the Shimer College faculty at their Tuesday meeting (4/13). The vote was unanimous with no abstentions.
Whereas Thomas Lindsay’s unilateral approach to the management of Shimer College has sapped morale and created a climate of fear and mistrust that now pervades the College;
Whereas he has consistently shown a lack of understanding of and respect for Shimer College’s history, traditions, culture, identity, and academic mission;
Whereas he has increasingly acted in opposition to structures of the College, including committees and procedures, written policies, and handbooks;
Whereas his inability or unwillingness to communicate and work with Shimer College’s constituencies is demonstrated by his making major decisions and attempting major changes in the face of overwhelming opposition;
And whereas he has given no credible indication that he will desist from the conduct described or cease attempting to transform the College according to his own plans and without broad support;
The Faculty declares that Thomas Lindsay has done grave harm to Shimer College and imperils its very existence; and, therefore,
The Faculty resolves that it has no confidence in Thomas Lindsay as President of Shimer College.