If we were king of the jungle, we would ask some fucking questions.
Missouri Southern hires Dr. Alan Marble away from Crowder College to be Bruce’s assistant. Does that make sense? First of all, it is an absolutely new administrative position, increasing the bloat Speck has created on that side of the campus community. Second, is it a pay boost for Marble? If not, it sure doesn’t help his retirement stuff. Marble made a base salary of $132,782 in FY 2011 and an estimated base salary of $145,673 for FY 2012, according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education Presidents/Chancellors Compensation Survey.
Crowder was experiencing increased enrollment and Marble appeared to be well-liked on campus and in the community. So why would he leave to carry water for an embattled president at a school with declining enrollment and fund raising challenges? If it was money, then MSSU just created a $150k job out of thin air when faculty and staff have been suffering for five or more years. And they created it to help Bruce. Bruce can’t do his fucking job.
Marble has been hired to be a face and a voice that doesn’t send people running for the hills. He has been brought in to try and increase enrollment and fund raising. Because Bruce can’t.
He’s been brought in to smooth things out with the community. Notice that during the no-confidence vote, the townies were all behind Bruce and vilified the gownies. Where are they now? Even Globe Publisher Michael Beatty, who Brennan Stebbins and The Chart proved was a Speck apologist, set his reporters loose recently. Marble is here to give people optimism and hope. Because Bruce can’t.
He’s likely being paid a president’s salary to do a president’s job because a president can’t do it himself. Yeah, if we were king of the jungle (or The Chart 2008-2011) we would request a copy of Marble’s contract. And ask some questions. Like “Why do we need this new position at this cost?”
If the answer is because the president needs help, then they’ve made our point.