This week we wanted to get a reaction from this school’s president on a unanimous decision by a Kansas City medical school not to partner with Southern to bring a branch school to Joplin. Speck has pushed this partnership for a year, and when things were looking up, he always had something to say about the proposal. But Tuesday, when the 14-0 vote came down from Kansas City, Speck was nowhere to be seen, and unavailable for comment. We asked Surber for an interview with Speck, to get his thoughts on the vote, and how he planned to lead this institution forward as alternatives are considered. Instead we were told Speck would be unavailable, and that Surber didn’t know why.
That’s not leadership, that’s juvenile.
It’s time for the Board of Governors to decide whether Bruce Speck — or Rod Surber — will speak for this University.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Chart editorial: Speck refusal to talk to media not leadership, just juvenile
In the latest of a series of hard-hitting editorials, Missouri Southern State University's newspaper, The Chart, ripped into President Bruce Speck's policy of refusing to talk to the media: