Republican Sighted in Academe!

, Malcolm A. Kline, 4 Comments

Academia is up in arms. The board of trustees at Florida State University (FSU) just named a Republican to be its president.

Something called the FSU Progress Coalition just posted its concerns on the Academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP):

“Throughout the presidential search process at Florida State University, students were told that their voices were being heard. But really?  Who was listening? The media was listening, the nation was listening, FSU alumni, faculty, and staff were listening. But the corporate/political elite, the 11 members of the Board of Trustees that voted for John Thrasher as FSU’s President – closed off their ears and turned off their minds.  Why should they listen really? Their decision was already made for them. Their votes were gleaned through Florida’s own sordid ‘good ol’ boy’ system.

“So . . .  When students spoke up at the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) meetings, we were ignored.  When we started national petitions and sent thousands of emails calling for more student votes on the PSAC, we were infantilized and dismissed. When we collected support of national organizations (AFT, NEA, USSA, AAUP, and others), the Board of Trustees cancelled its meeting, closed its doors, ignored our emails, and blatantly dismissed our comments on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee website.  When we researched and passed out information, the FSU administration threatened to arrest us on forty year old posting statutes developed to regulate war protestors in the 1970’s.

“All of this so that the Board of Trustees could do exactly what it set out to do all along –to install a three time Koch funded ‘ALEC Legislator of the Year’ as FSU’s President.” By the way, ALEC refers to the American Legislative Exchange Council.  


4 Responses

  1. jack burton

    September 29, 2014 7:39 pm

    you should have heard the libs whine when Mitch Daniels, Bush’s former budget director and twice republian governor of Indiana was appointed presideent of Purdue University.

  2. jaimelmanzano

    September 30, 2014 11:09 am

    Goes to show, the youth – largely age-defined – voting right is defective. It should be modified to require being employed. Maybe even literacy. Academic voting, on the other hand, insofar as college administration is concerned, smacks of being the arena for crony, self-serving, tenured, elitist.

  3. ronwf

    October 1, 2014 1:37 pm

    Why in God’s name should the students have a voice in picking who’s going to lead the university? The students are there to learn from the people running the place, not to run the place themselves.

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