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University of Richmond Faculty Vote “No Confidence” in Board Rector Paul Queally

The majority of voting University of Richmond faculty say they have “no confidence” in UR Board Rector Paul Queally’s ability to lead the school, 8 News reported.

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Almost 87% of faculty want Queally to step down.

These developments began with the ongoing controversy at UR over the names of two campus buildings, Ryland and Mitchell-Freeman halls, containing the names of a slave owner and a segregationist respectively. Freeman Hall was renamed Mitchell-Freeman Hall – incorporating the name of African American newspaper editor John Mitchell Jr. – instead of a removal of the name entirely. The UR Board of Trustees recently announced that it was forming a commission to decide how to proceed.

During a March 26 meeting to discuss the building names, faculty reported Queally referred to students as “Black, brown and regular students”. In the same meeting, black staff member Jessica Washington claims she was singled out and belittled.

“We are using our voice as faculty to remove Paul Queally because of his gross behavior of abusing black women staff and being hostile towards our black student leaders,” said UR sociology professor Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman. “He has no place on our campus anymore.”

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