My years in the academy left me with an enduring interest in Shakespeare, a working knowledge of news writing and a number of unhealthy habits I shed in subsequent years.
What happened in the administration building never concerned me. There, university personnel accepted my parents’ tuition checks and tolerated my GPA. That I earned a degree must have surprised them.
If I know little about the daily lives of deans, I know a few things about language.
This seems certain: If faculty members accuse a university president of “defensiveness bordering on paranoia,” that smacks of trouble.
The “paranoia” line sprang from a memorandum generated last week by a faculty senate committee at Missouri Southern State University. Senators at the Joplin school have in mind a no-confidence vote against their president, Bruce Speck.
Among allegations of leadership lapses, management failures and public embarrassment, the committee document accuses Dr. Speck of “shocking insensitivity” to salary-frozen employees by performing a song called “Pink Slip Blues” at a local Rotary meeting.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
St. Joseph columnist glad Western doesn't have MSSU's problems
St. Joseph News-Press columnist Ken Newton is happy Missouri Western State University is not going through the same kind of turmoil MSSU is facing: