Have you seen the latest from Murray State? People are freaking out over the president being ousted by Steve Beshear’s Board of Regents.
Here’s a story about it.
People are literally freaking out. Some Facebook comments:
- John Spinda (Org Comm Faculty Member) — What happens when your university President is supported by a large majority of people throughout the university and also in a very deliberate and public way by Faculty Senate, Staff Congress, and every single school superintendent in your regional service area (and was sent to the KY Govenor for good measure)? If you were the university President at Murray State University, Randy J. Dunn, you would have not gotten your contract renewed. Since I am a faculty member leaving MSU this summer, I can feel free to call this what it really is, the Board of Regents acting in a way that can only be describe as gross malfeasance. This should be a very sad day for everyone at Murray State University.
- Fred Miller (Business Faculty Member) — This is a dark day in the life of Murray State University, stained by the shameful performance of the Board of Regents. When I came to Murray State, Dr Curris was President. During my career, Dr Dunn is the first and only President to enjoy the widespread support of students, faculty, administrators, staff and regional education leaders at this stage of his tenure. It is even more remarkable that he achieved that level of support by empowering the University to pursue significant new initiatives of scholarship, outreach and service during very challenging economic times. It is a shame that the Board is not willing to disclose the factors that outweighed these extraordinary accomplishments in their decision. Empowered by the Commonwealth to guide our institutions of higher learning into challenging new times, Boards of Regents may embrace that challenge and support the leaders who can meet it. Or they can retreat into parochial backwardness and hamstring the ability of the institution to fulfill this mission. The greatest shame of all is that this Board, presented with a golden opportunity to do the former, chose to do the latter.
- Dennis Johnson (Director of Bands and Orchestra, Faculty Member) — Well, good ol’ boy politics is alive and well in Murray. The best President I have ever served under was let go by our “board” today. He has the support of the faculty, staff, students, community, and regional Superintendents. Can any other President anywhere boast that kind of solidarity? This man is a great student supporter and came to my concert with his wife last night after long and arduous meetings. They could easily have begged off but they were there. Thank you Jack Rose for standing up for what is right and resigning from the board after this decision. This decision is wrong, baseless and totally political. I always thought the Board of Regents were appointed or elected to look after our best interests. Dr. Dunn, you were extremely successful at MSU and I am deeply saddened and embarrassed by this decision.
It’s almost like these folks have no concept that Randy Dunn came from the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System.
Surely these folks realize pensions in Illinois are an SEC-investigated disaster. Right? Surely. (That’s the talking point we’re getting from the Frankfort folks)
It would be silly to think that anyone with ties to that system wouldn’t be perceived as tainted. Even if they’re stellar people with amazing leadership ability. Especially in Kentucky – the next state on the SEC list. Goodness.
That said – it’s Murray State. No matter who the leader is, it’s common sense that the good old boy system controls everything.
Note: We don’t believe having potentially been involved in any pension messes should disqualify him from being head of Murray State. Based on everything we’ve heard, he’s been solid.