[CORRECTION: We have been advised that SEMO is not a MIAA conference school. We have kept it on the list, however, because it is a regional undergraduate school in a similar geographic area. We should read the sports page more often.]
The second in a series making the case for RTV’s dismissal with the hope Dr. Sherry Buchanan finds her ass with both hands, a roadmap and a miner’s helmet.
This week, the Associated Press reported that Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee (whose bow tie is quite fedora-like) said some stupid shit in a December meeting with school officials and boosters. He implied southern schools are illiterate, called Louisville and the University of Kentucky stupid, and then proceeded to offend Notre Dame and Catholics (sound familiar, you dreamcoats?)
So Missouri Southern isn’t alone in having a loose-tongued asshole at the controls. The difference is money. We know. We covered that reason for a call to the bullpen yesterday. But RTV’s penchant for verbal vomit is one of the causes for the MSSU Foundation not being able to net even the idiot’s annual salary. Gee is a gaffe machine, but he also makes money. Ohio State’s foundation netted more than $37 million in fiscal year 2011.
That comparison really isn’t fair. OSU is a major Big Ten research university and MSSU is a small regional undergraduate university. But would Gee be able to get away with that shit here? No. He can say that you “can’t trust Catholics on Thursday or Friday” all the time because he fills the Buckeyes’ collection plates.
Speck doesn’t. And he doesn’t because he has vocal cords. If Speck was raising money — notice we ain’t hitting Jo Jo and the Foundation here — he would be on solid ground. And make no mistake, a president is primarily a fund raiser. Faculty develop curriculum. Staff mow the lawns and keep the place running. All a president has to do is make final decisions, keep the university on the road and out of the ditch and be the public face of the institution. Face it. Our face is a clown face.
So let’s see some comparables with the money — which flows elsewhere because “the prez” isn’t a colossal clusterfuck — and see the difference. Here is the foundations’ net income from IRS 990s according to the most recent filings available from propublica.org. We are looking at MIAA conference schools that are similar to Southern and are regional undergraduate institutions.
- Southeast Missouri State University $3.8m (FY11)
- Missouri Western State University $4.6m (FY12)
- Northwest Missouri State University $853,000 (FY12)
- University of Central Missouri $740,000 (FY11)
- Truman State University $3.5m (FY11)
- Pittsburg State University $2.69m (FY11)
Enrollments are similar. Missions are basically the same — teaching over research. Athletics are similar — same conference. Different results. Why?
Because our presidunce has the gift of speech. We need a choir of our Bored of the Governors to finally sing Bruce the “Pink Slip Blues.”