Faculty in the South Orange County Community College District overwhelmingly voted no confidence Monday in Chancellor Raghu Mathur.
Of the full-time professors at Irvine Valley and Saddleback colleges who cast ballots, 93.5% voted in favor of no confidence, and 6% were against the union-sponsored measure. One person abstained.
Out of 318 faculty eligible, 246 -- 77% -- voted, according to the district faculty association.
"It's very clear that the chancellor does not have the confidence of the faculty," said Lewis Long, head of the faculty association. "Now it's up to the trustees to demonstrate whether they support the faculty and the students they represent."
Mathur issued a statement late Monday attributing the outcome to friction between him and faculty members relating to contract negotiations underway. "They are unhappy that I take direction from the elected board of trustees and not them," the statement said in part. "I believe that my day-to-day decisions and policy recommendations to the board need to continue to be guided by what is best for the students, first and foremost."