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Friday, July 30, 2010
Bruce Speck co-editor of new book on fundraising
He has never shown he knows how to do it, but Missouri Southern State University President Bruce Speck is the co-editor of a newly-published book on fundraising.
In addition to his editing responsibilities, Speck wrote the first chapter of Perspectives on Fundraising entitled "The Growing Role of Private Giving in Financing the Modern University."
In his chapter, Speck notes that without tenure faculty would have to take a more realistic view which would bring about "a greater focus on teamwork and the corporate good."
The tenure part comes up in relation to the extra money Speck says it costs to have tenure. Faculty at Missouri Southern will not be surprised to know that Speck has written those words.
Having Speck classified as some kind of an expert in fundraising might surprise the people at the university, however. Speck was brought in, as you may recall, as the only candidate actually interviewed for the post, and supposedly one major reason he was hired was because of his expertise in fundraising.
That expertise apparently left him after he arrived. From that point on, everyone who was hired for any post at the university was brought in because of some kind of skill at fundraising.
In a letter written by Speck last year, he described his vision. Though he was brought in as a fundraising wizard, his idea of raising funds apparently was to bring in other people who could raise funds:
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.
As I wrote before, Speck has not shown he could raise money with a forklift and two automatic weapons.