Embattled Missouri Southern State University President Bruce Speck outlined a way of dealing with the dissension that has ripped through his campus since he first took over the university in 2008.
A university must be run civilly, Speck said. "It's not a matter of playing political games with each other, it's about a little bit of transparency, If you've got to put a lid on something then there's some problem that needs to be addressed."
It would be nice if those words had been issued by Speck while emerging from the cocoon that either he or his bosses, the Board of Governors, has placed him in during the past few weeks. During that time, Speck's words have been issued through spokesman Rod Surber, a reversal of the normal practice of the ventriloquist putting the words into the mouth of the dummy.
Yes, it would be nice, but those words were spoken three years ago today as Speck was unsuccessfully interviewing for a provost position at Roanoke University in Virginia.
In that article, Speck talks about mining private sources for money for a university, something he has done little of since he took the reins at MSSU, unless, of course, you count the money raised to spur along the construction of a Joplin medical school which would have only had tenuous ties with the university.
(Photo: A rare photo from the days when Bruce Speck actually spoke.)