Baylor University regents decided not to vote on retaining President Robert Sloan, according to media reports.
A report on the Dallas Morning News Web site says Provost David Jeffrey emerged from Friday’s regents meeting about 11 a.m. and told Sloan supporters the board would not vote on Sloan’s leadership.
“We’re still on track, thanks to God,” he said.
It marks the third time in less than a year that Sloan has survived attempts to have him fired. Regents voted 18-17 to retain him in May, after affirming his leadership 31-4 last October.
Opponents of Sloan said going in to this week’s regent’s meeting they believed they now had enough votes on the board of regents to remove him.
There was no vote on Sloan’s leadership on the meeting agenda, but any regent has the right to bring it up. In order to bring it to a vote, however, a majority must agree.
Regent chairman Will Davis said no one called for a vote on Sloan’s job, according to the Associated Press. “No discussion means no discussion,” he said.
Instead, the board voted unanimously to affirm Vision 2012, Sloan’s 10-year plan for the university’s future, according to a Baylor news release.
“The regents of Baylor University reaffirm our commitment to Vision 2012, and recognize the positive impact it has made to our campus and in the lives of our students,” said a board resolution released at the end of the three-day meeting.
The AP quoted Sloan as saying he believes rifts on the regent board are beginning to heal.
“I’m not resigning, because there’s too much that’s good and too much affirmation,” Sloan said.