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Posted: 10:12 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2014

Univ. of Dayton Provost Joseph Saliba steps down

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Joseph Saliba, who was named provost in 2009, also served as the dean of the School of Engineering. He left war-torn Lebanon in 1976 and earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from UD, where he joined the engineering faculty.

By Breaking News Staff

DAYTON —

University of Dayton Provost Dr. Joseph Saliba has "served his term" and will return to teaching, UD President Daniel Curran announced Monday.

Curran, in an email to faculty, also said Saliba will "return to the faculty in the school of engineering after a sabbatical."

UD spokeswoman Teri Rizvi said Saliba's five-year term as provost is ending. He previously served a year as interim provost.

Saliba was named provost in 2009. In late April, faculty gave him a "no confidence" vote. Tenured faculty cast no-confidence ballots this spring, with 107 of 160 of those voting to say they had "no confidence" in Saliba. Such votes are not binding.

Rebecca Wells, an associate professor of marketing, was among those who initiated the vote. The news about Saliba is a "positive step," she said, but more work needs to be done as UD searches for a new provost.

"We have a lot of work to do to restore the voice of the faculty in shared governance, and a lot of work to do to address the negative campus climate," Wells said. The faculty needs to be heard in area of shared governance of the university, she said, and Saliba contributed to a "hostile work environment."

Saliba, who left war-torn Lebanon in 1976 and earned three degrees from UD, could not be reached Monday for comment.

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