McCallum’s problems seem to have a familiar ring

Richard McCallum, former Missouri Southern vice president for academic affairs, has run afoul of his bosses at Dickinson State (N.D.) University.

McCallum, the DSU president, was asked to resign but refused. He has since been told his employment will be terminated.

The flap was initially over charges that he inflated enrollment figures, but according to a story in the PlainsDaily, it could be much worse. An audit of the school’s department of athletics is in the early stages and The PD, citing sources and providing documents (see link), says that the leadership climate there is flawed.

As reported by the PD, the following is from a NDUS Enrollment Reporting & Leadership Review document released Aug. 1:

“Although an internal control structure does exist mostly in the form of SBHE policies, it appears controls and/or policies have been ignored or intentionally overridden.

Those interviewed have suggested that leadership has created an intimidating and distrustful culture which may have contributed to turnover, low morale and lack of respect for DSU leadership.”

Wow! That sounds like someplace we know. But there apparently are a few differences in North Dakota. First, the governing board takes those problems seriously. And second, the PlainsDaily — whose web site tag line is “Somebody IS Reporting this Stuff” — is asking for answers and documents to find out what’s up.  We know of a Bored and a paper of record that don’t seem to care.

Think about that one sentence at work and school tomorrow and next week:

“Although an internal control structure does exist mostly in the form of SBHE policies, it appears controls and/or policies have been ignored or intentionally overridden. Those interviewed have suggested that leadership has created an intimidating and distrustful culture which may have contributed to turnover, low morale and lack of respect for DSU leadership.”

And earlier in the report, it sounded an even more familiar tone:

“The current leadership has created a campus culture that is divided, one of distrust, disrespect and staff being pressured to engage in unethical, suspect or wasteful activities to meet demands. This raisesconcerns about compliance with SBHE policies in general.”

Why is it that Jack Oakes’ letter comes to mind?

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4 Responses to McCallum’s problems seem to have a familiar ring

  1. Interested observer says:

    McCallum is a straight shooter who is the victim of a witch hunt. Get the facts and you’ll understand.

  2. foofram says:

    Good to see ya back.

  3. Leo the Lion says:

    We want more from Southern Watch. Have enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading more entries and asking some tough questions. Interested in your observations in regards to the recently released info about Leon’s departure. Please, feed us Seymour …

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