The Courier-Journal’s latest update on the Robert Felner scandal at the University of Louisville reveals that the chairman of the Board of Trustees wrote a letter saying he is satisfied with the actions taken by the university’s leadership regarding faculty complaints and the Felner investigation.
Seriously. After all of the super-negative news coverage and after all the negative facts about dozens and dozens of grievances and complaints. After UofL President Jim Ramsey called them “anonymous crap” and never apologized. After we have repeatedly published information painting a less-than-stable situation among the university’s leadership team, that is what the chairman had to say.
And Nancy Rodriguez doesn’t even bother to use the hundreds of email messages we published that proves otherwise.
You can pretty much bet that nothing is changing within the unversity. So don’t hold your breath.
The chairman of the University of Louisville board of trustees sent a letter to the full board this week saying he is “satisfied” with actions taken by the school’s administration regarding faculty complaints and a federal investigation involving former education dean Robert Felner.
“We care about our employees — they are a source of our pride,” J. Chester Porter said in the letter. “We have worked with (U of L President) Jim (Ramsey) and (Provost) Shirley (Willihnganz) long enough to know they, too, care deeply about the welfare of all the University’s employees and students.”
He then says that during Felner’s five-year tenure, Ramsey and Willihnganz “began to understand the tensions he created in the college” and notes it was the university’s investigation that “alerted the U.S. Attorney to investigate peculiarities” in the College of Education and Human Development.
What’s interesting, really, is that the chairman would attempt to whitewash the fact that Jim Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz were more than aware of Felner’s problems. We have published evidence that proves the two tried to cover it all up for several years.
And how many times can Nancy Rodgriguez perpetuate the outright lie that the Felner investigation centers around a $694,000 grant? It’s untrue and she knows it. She’s said so in several stories.
We’re not sure what’s up with her inability to get to the bottom of this story, but we’ll be publishing several of her Open Records Requests a bit later in an attempt to examine how the paper has approached this story.
Meanwhile, some Felner devotee wrote a letter to the C-J claiming that their coverage of the Felner scandal is perverted and anti-Semitic.
The Courier spent almost no time checking what good things Felner did at U of L and the other schools — he couldn’t have been 100 percent bad.
The letter writer, Lewis “Sonny” Bass, shows his ignorance of the situation by suggesting that Felner did good at UofL. We’re pretty darn sure he hasn’t read anything about the man and his time at the university.
Heaven help our University of Louisville and this sticky mess. Goodness.