Bumblers are back

A bit of advice for Board of Governors Chair Rod Anderson:

Next time, don’t say anything at all.

Anderson, whose seat has been expired for more than a year now, just had to open his mouth Friday and thrust himself into a situation in which he has no business. The comments came during the Board’s monthly meeting.

For those who weren’t there, Anderson called out the Faculty Senate and its plans to conduct a satisfaction survey while he read five minutes worth of prepared remarks.

“Such a survey has not been identified as a need by this Board of Governors and such an undertaking is beyond the needs to be focused upon at this time,” Anderson said during the meeting.

This comes as we are nearing the one-year anniversary of an overwhelming faculty vote of no confidence in University President Bruce Speck’s leadership.

Leading up to that vote, the Board directed Speck to improve relations with faculty. After the vote, the Board flat out ignored the issue. They said they would evaluate progress on improving relations at a later date.

From what we can tell, they never did.

And now, with the Faculty Senate moving toward a survey that might actually be a good measure of whether any progress has been made, Anderson wants to shut it down.

Why?

The Board doesn’t care about the faculty. The Board doesn’t care about students, either, for that matter. They care about the bottom line and improving the University’s image after months of bad press.

Let’s face it. Anderson and the rest of the Board know the results of the survey would be an embarrassment for the University as an accreditation focus visit is on the horizon.

The faculty is still unhappy. We hear their grumblings.

And the last thing this situation needed was the chairman of the governing body that has to this point ignored the faculty’s concerns telling them what they can and cannot do.

If Anderson wants to weigh in on whether or not the Faculty Senate should conduct a satisfaction survey, he needs to apply for a job at Southern, achieve faculty rank, be elected to the Senate and voice his concerns during a Senate meeting.

Picking on the faculty — from an expired seat — isn’t the way to do it, and the faculty should move forward with their survey.