SUNY University Faculty leaders call for independent investigation into Chancellor Jim Malatras
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —The pressure is mounting for the Chancellor of State University of New York Jim Malatras to step down following accusations of contributing to a toxic work environment.
SUNY’s University Faculty Senate (UFS) Tuesday released a statement, criticizing SUNY’s Board of Trustees and called for an independent investigation into his leadership.
The statement says in part "The [board] not only ignored these questions, they also failed to adequately explain why they retain confidence that he can effectively lead and advocate for SUNY going forward."
Malatras, once a top aide to ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo, is facing growing scrutiny after the release of text messages showing he mocked one of Cuomo’s accusers, Lindsey Boylan.
Last week, Malatras said he apologized to Boylan but Boylan says, she received no apology. SUNY student government leaders also called for the board to remove him if he doesn’t resign.
As for Malatras, the UFS says it wants him to lead an effort to "foster diverse, equitable, inclusive, respectful, and
healthy workplaces and leadership cultures" but stopped short of calling for his resignation.