MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- Faculty members at Minnesota State, Mankato have issued a vote of no-confidence in the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The faculty association's executive committee issued their unanimous vote against MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Thursday.

Faculty at Winona State University and St. Cloud State University issued similar votes in recent weeks.

The three campuses represent well over half of MnSCU students and faculty.

The Faculty Association says in a statement that much of the concern over Rosenstone's leadership stems from his handling of the Charting the Future initiative, including his hiring of outside contractors while state campuses suffered budget shortfalls.

The Star Tribune reports that MnSCU issued a statement Thursday pointing to strong attendance at Charting the Future feedback sessions, indicating the program's initial success.