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Emory faculty to vote on president's competence

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The faculty at Emory University's College of Arts and Science will begin an online vote on Monday to determine if President James Wagner is fit to lead the university.

Earlier this year, students held a protest after Wagner wrote a column that was viewed as insensitive to slavery.

Grad student Katherine Bryant told CBS Atlanta News she supports the faculty's decision to vote on the leadership since the column came on the heels of announcing cuts to programs that appear to target faculty of color and programs of diversity at Emory.

"I am 100 percent behind the faculty for making this decision," said Bryant. "I think the column was the last of a series of insults to faculty and students to happen over of the last several years."

Bryant is one dozens of students who took part in a campus protest after the column was published.

They have a problem with Wagner referring to the three-fifths compromise, where slaves were counted as less than a whole person, as an example of people with opposing views working together.

"To use that metaphor signifies to us that he has some deeply unexamined issues about how to govern," said Bryant.

Wagner and faculty have had a strained relationship since September, when cuts were announced to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bryant is with the group "Emory Cuts." They're holding a symposium on those cuts Monday, the same day the faculty voting begins.

"One of the major problems with the cuts is it disproportionately impacts faculty of color and programs that have a high representation of diverse students and their classes," said Bryant.

Wagner has since apologized about the article.

The vote will take place online. CBS Atlanta News was told the faculty will have all week long to weigh in before presenting the results to the university's Board of Trustees.

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