USM Divided Over Faculty Discipline

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University of Southern Mississippi president Shelby Thames says he's disappointed in the vote of no confidence from a majority of the school's faculty. The instructors also demanded that Thames reinstate two dismissed professors.

By secret ballot Wednesday night, 430 faculty members in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast voted against Thames' leadership. Only 32 supported Thames.

The vote, which doesn't affect Thames' job status, comes in the wake of the suspension of sociology professor Frank Glamser and English professor Gary Stringer.

Thursday, Thames said the faculty members "rushed to judgment.'' He says he also regrets that students have been drawn into the issue.

Thames has already begun termination proceedings against the professors. He has said the suspensions were for misuse of university computers and telephones to investigate allegations a vice president lied on her resume.

Stringer and Glamser have publicly questioned the credentials of USM Vice President Angie Dvorak. They say their firings are in retaliation for their actions.