More and more, it is looking like the idea of a medical school for Missouri Southern State University is about to be shot down.
All indications from reading Kansas City media reports concerning the firing of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Karen Pletz indicate that the idea of that school having a campus in Joplin appeared to be something worked out clandestinely by Ms. Pletz and and either MSSU President Bruce Speck or Speck's Geppetto, board member Dwight Douglas.
The latest evidence comes from an interview with interim KCUMB President Dr. Danny Weaver in today's Kansas City Business Journal:
What is the status of the project with Missouri Southern State University?
I’m going down to meet with the president of Missouri Southern State University (Jan. 13), and that is just to get a better understanding of the whole affiliation process and whether we move forward or not. I really have to look into the whole thing before we make any decisions.
I’m not certain when the first discussions between President Pletz and (Missouri Southern President Bruce Speck) occurred, and I’m going to find that out (Jan. 13).
Do you feel as though the board was adequately informed about those discussions?
I couldn’t answer that until I get all the information with regards to what has transpired up to now with the Missouri Southern affiliation.
It appears Dr. Pletz may have been fired for going rogue and not keeping the board informed.
As for Missouri Southern, it appears the merry-go-round shows no signs of slowing down.