— In his first public comments on his job performance in his new role as president of the University of Pennsylvania, Vice President for Institutional Advancement William G. Drake said he plans to save money and increase the number of full-time faculty members.
“It’s the number one challenge I have with our faculty,” Drake told reporters on Monday.
“Our faculty are stretched thin.
The most important thing is the number.
We need to hire more.
And, we need to do it in a way that makes sense.
I don’t want to do that on my own.”
In a statement, Drake acknowledged the university’s financial woes and said he and his staff are working hard to “solve this.”
“We’ve got to do what is right for the university, and we’ve got a long way to go,” Drajke said.
Drake’s tenure is up for renewal in March.
The vice president for academic affairs has been the target of a wave of resignations by some of the university”s top administrators in recent weeks.
A number of faculty members resigned last month over what they said was the university leadership’s inability to hire the most qualified and experienced professors.
While Drake did not mention any specific faculty members who have resigned, several faculty members said he was concerned about the university�s shortage of tenure-track faculty.
Grossman, the chancellor, announced Monday that she was resigning from her position as vice chancellor of the Penn State Health System.
As the university searches for new leadership, the University has made a hiring push.
Earlier this month, the university hired two new assistant professors to fill several positions that had been vacant for more than a year.