As I noted in my last post, Dr. Bruce Speck, the president of my alma mater, Missouri Southern State University, announced the elimination of the Child Development Center and men's soccer program Thursday.
Why were those particular programs selected?
It would appear that neither program has prominent supporters among the community elite, which makes both programs inviting targets.
The kinds of people who use the Child Development Center do not appear to be those who will often be invited to dine with University Board President Dwight Douglas.
As for the men's soccer program, its inclusion appears to be more of a public relations effort to show that sports programs will not be exempt from the budget knife, and few visiting bigwigs or high-dollar donors are going to be taken to soccer matches. Entertaining always takes place at football and basketball games.
However, the board should consider the message that eliminating the world's number one sports sends about the university's international program.
Then again, perhaps that is exactly the message Douglas and Dr. Speck wanted to send.