Speck did not admit to doing anything wrong, gave the traditional "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" non-apology response for his "Pink Slip Blues" performance at a Joplin Rotary Club meeting, and pretty much said he was right about everything so get off his .
In one portion of his rambling letter, Speck says MSSU officials knew nothing about fundraising until he came to the campus:
Second I have articulated components of a vision. In particular, I have talked about MSSU being an entrepreneurial campus regarding fundraising. In my efforts to make that vision a reality, I have found a learned helplessness that has caused me to revise the vision to include significant training in how departments can reach out to the community. When the VP for development arrives in November, I will continue my discussions with him about organizing training sessions so that departments understand what it means to be entrepreneurial in fundraising.
That begs the question of why Speck needs to wait until the new vice president for development arrives. Since Speck was billed as a herculean fundraiser when he arrived at MSSU, why doesn't he lead by example instead of through blustering.
In his letter, Speck says he has not tried to destroy the international mission. How could he, he notes, since "I provided a PowerPoint presentation to the Faculty Senate on the economic history of the international component of our mission." Apparently, in many cultures, showing a power point, is considered a declaration of undying love.
Speck also accepts no blame for low morale on campus and places the blame on everyone else:
"I believe each person is primarily responsible for his or her morale. If that is not the case, a person is a victim of circumstances, and such a view leads to fatalism. Personal responsibility for one's morale does not endorse lack of regard fpr people or failure to improve conditions in life. My goal to preserve jobs all across campus during the international economic crisis is an indication of my desire to protect all employees frpm the economic and emotional duress that generally attends unemployment."
As far as the "Pink Slip Blues' is concerned, no one should be offended because he didn't sing it to the faculty, he sang it to a bunch of businessmen who all admred his dulcid tones.
As you may recall, the MSSU Board of Governors, following a closed session ordered Speck to make nice with the faculty. In this nine-page, self-serving letter, Speck shows no sign of trying to meet anyone halfway.
Why in the world did the board extend his contract to 2011 before finding out if he actually could make an effort to work with faculty? That action was a slap in the face to everyone associated with Missouri Southern State University.