Word is that The Fedora’d One said at the Bored of the Governors meeting that this is the most open and transparent of administrations and it practically invented shared governance.
The previous administration was, as per the usual U line, the devil.
Julio Leon was not the most consensus building president ever (duh), but he didn’t “buy” a Faculty Senate president with tenure against the committee’s recommendation. He didn’t stop speaking to the press. He never faced a vote of no confidence. He didn’t sing about layoffs after he said “nothing is sacred” and talked about furloughs.
What did Leon do? He grew the university. He picked up the gauntlet of a university dedicated to international education and made it real and real good. He advocated effectively for Missouri Southern in Jefferson City, spearheading an effort to make up historical funding shortfalls for some institutions. And, lest we forget, he was the one who hatched the idea of a health sciences building. Athletics? It was under the “previous administration” that the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center was built. The mansion renovation? Started under Leon. Leon increased dorm capacity. Leon’s team replaced the outdated turf at Hughes Stadium. Leon’s team found ways — in trying times — to respect faculty and staff with cost of living raises. And his team never reclassified them to hourly and cut their vacation time in half after those people were hired under different circumstances.
The “previous administration” rewarded long-time service and didn’t punish people for asking questions. This administration wants to eliminate those who have served so well for so long. And dissent? Questions? Ask the English department and The Chart how that is handled.
Sure, RTV. We have reached a “milestone.” But you have the car in reverse.