In a news release issued to the Joplin Globe Monday, It was announced that Terri Agee, who recently stepped down as a Missouri Southern State University vice president, will be taking on a new position as an "in-house legal counsel."
And just when was this decision made? It has been quite a while since the last Board of Governors meeting. Unless all of he media missed it, there was no discussion of it during the most recent meeting.
I am sure those who use "personnel reasons" as a blanket excuse for every decision that is made behind closed doors are already reaching for that answer, but in this case, it does not wash.
The Board of Governors can decide who to hire for the position during a closed session, but the creation of a new position is something that has to be done in full view of the public.
And why in the world does Southern need an in-house counsel when, as the Joplin Globe article points out, it already has a lawyer in Jon Dermott?
Though it is made clear in the article that Ms. Agee will not receive as much for being the in-house legal counsel and a teacher as she did as vice president of business affairs, it still seems less than financially prudent to be creating a new position at a time when the university is allegedly in a financial crisis situation.
Besides that, as President Bruce Speck notes in the article, he has not even had time to think about a replacement for Ms. Agee's administrative position. I am sure it will have to be someone who knows how to raise funds for the university.