1986-02-10; Central Michigan Life
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mm npnpm*«pnp«P mmwrnawemm Central Michigan LIFE VoL69No.69 C1M6CMLIFE Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48869 201 Monday. Fs-bruary 10.1966 Criticism of Board of Trustees continues by SHERRY YAEK LIFE Editor The cascade of criticism continues toward Central'* Board of Trustees for their actions surrounding the presidential search process. Most recently, the Presidential Search Committee wrote a letter to the board condemning its action* in 'aborting* the process. While not criticizing President Arthur Ellis, the committee strongly protested the trustees' decision to reject all five candidates and end the search. "In sum then, the board chose to ignore the entire CMU campus community, to disregard the recommendations of the duly elected Presidential Search Committee, to wave aside the strong suggestions of expert consultants, to reject outstanding candidates without once giving reasons and to appoint aa president a person who does not meet the advertised criteria and who was not even a candidate." stated the Feb. 7 letter, which was signed by all faculty and student committee members except Paul Zionts, associate professor of teacher education and professional development, who was out of town for the weekend. "They aborted the process . .. abused their power and abused their trust," committee member Paul Yu said. Philosophy Chairman Yu said trustees created an atmosphere of turmoil on campus through -)£>■' '■ .' '-"-■ : ■. -'.''V'.' ■*»'■■. v" '.'•"'"■/"- .""' '■' ' '■*••.■■- - ■ .' :■»■■"!- "-V V- V. ■ •""■ -■'■.' > '■•' ' . •■ -•-•i See letters from the Search Committee .'£ to the Board of Trustees, page 4. Mifetetm''' :',-v'-"-:*-v—'•--■■■• ■- ■'■'•■'-■ - - -'-<■ ■'"■~- *•■;'. "arrogance and ineptitude." "We're not making the turmoil. They've already done that as predicted by their consultants," Yu said. He was speaking of a letter from Ron Stead from the Presidential Search and Consultation Service, whom the board hired to help with the search. In a Jan. 27 letter to Board Chairman Raymond LaBounty, Stead wrote, "In the worst — and I Brush cut hope unlikely — case that the board cannot agree on any candidates, it is imperative that the board not appoint anyone, including the interim president, who was not among the five names submitted by the committee ... it seems clear to me that the appointment of anyone who did not emerge through the search procedures would be seen as a clear violation of the integrity of the process and would create a tremendous turmoil on campus." LaBounty, who left for a Florida vacation last Wednesday — the day after Ellis waa appointed — said he did net have Stead's letter in front of him, had not seen the committee's communication and is "out of touch" with events at Central, and refused to comment. Committee member Carole Bee re. associate professor of psychology, said the letter is a statement to the board and the community expressing the committee's concerns. "I hope it will help the board to understand that we expect them to be accountable for their actions and to follow University procedures," Beere said. "They violated procedure and thus violated the trust people have in them," she added. The campus, she said, is concerned about the board making unilateral decisions. As written in the committee's letter, "We protest the board's decision not to involve the campus in any way, but to make a unilateral decision. Indeed, a few days after the PSC wrote to the board to ask for information and for continuation of the search process, the board saw fit to make an appointment . . . Naturally, there was also no discussion about how to, or indeed whether to, continue the search process." Trustee Mitch Kehetian said Sunday he had not received the committee's letter, but agreed the reaction was "to be anticipated." Kehetian was adamant in saying however, the process was not a failure. "The process worked. Just because it did not give us the president we were seeking does ISee "Committee"—page 2 Further searches possible? Jason Sabedra shows great concentration as ha puts the finishing touches on a snow sculpture of hi* coach. Tha sculptures were one of the special events at this years Special Olympic Winter Games. Sea related story and photos page 8. Officials' posts discussed Finalist considers position by MARY FRANCIS LIFE News Editor by SHERRY YAEK UFE Editor Speculation has ceased surrounding the president's post but the rumor mill remains with bets about who Central's provost and vice presidents might be. Although he would not give specifics, President Arthur Ellis said he is not surprised administrators are contemplating what he might do with officials in Warriner Hall. Ellis added he should settle concern* about administrative positions thi.s week. One rumor claims John Cantelon will vacate the provost's position before his scheduled August resignation. Ellis denied that possibility. "John is not going to leave before his regularly scheduled retirement date. However, that does not mean I won't start to restructure the administration before then." Ellis said. Cantelon refused to be specific but said he has talked with Ellis. "We have been discussing his new administration which of course is something he is anxious to get started," Cantelon said, adding he does not know where he fits in that administration. 'John and I are talking about how to best deal with these things." Ellis said. "When I decide how I want the University organized. Ill tell you." Ellis said Tuesday, the day he was appointed, he would not fill the position of vice president for Public AfTairs. instead would create a vice president for Administration. Ellis vacated the public affairs position when he became interim president in July. He would not comment further Friday. Doug Friedrich, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and associate vice provost for Research the last four years, is rumored to be in contention for a vice president's position. Friedrich said he does not feel it is appropriate to discuss whether he has been asked to fill any new positions at Central, although he would say he "has not accepted any new positions." *1 have not been appointed 'acting* anything It is not appropriate for me to talk about whether I'm considering acting provost or acting dean," Friedrich said. The graduate studies dean also has a special assignment to the president, being in charge of the affiliation with Michigan Molecular Institute of Midland. Friedrich is however, a finalist for vice president of Academic ISee "Provost"—page 20 At least one of the five presidential finalists still is interested in a career at CMU. Thomas Wallace, vice president for Academic AfTairs at Old Dominion University in Varniaaaa*. aaataai aaaa aaaaaatai re-apply for president and also is considering the provost position. With the impending retirement of CMU Provost John Cantelon in August, it is possible some of the five finalists recommended by the Presidential Search Committee will apply for the job, according to some members of Central's Board of Trustees. Wallace is the only candidate who said he would try for the job. The other presidential finalists were Robert Berdahl, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon; Joan Wadlow, interim vice president for Academic AfTairs of the University of Wyoming; Arthur Slavin. ISee "Wallace"—page 20 Township debates motel plan by JACKIE BRAUN LIFE Asa't. News Editor A letter protesting construction of a 64-unit motel on University park property will be written by the Union Township Board, township officials decided Wednesday. The board is protesting construction because the facility creates unfair business competition for area motels. Herb Hills, Union Township Planning Commission member, said. "We recommended to the township board that they write a letter to the Governor or some other state officials protesting the use of University property for private enterprise," Hills said. Members of the planning commission are private businessmen who could be affected by the new LIFE-line News Brief Index Denise Tyiska. director of minority student services at Western Michigan University appears today at 7 p m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. Weather Partly cloudy east and mostly cloudy west with chance of snow showers Monday. High* mid-teens to low 20s. Mostly clear and cold east Monday night, mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers west. Lows 10 below to 8 above zero. Partly cloudy east and mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers west Tuesday. Highs around 20. Grnup meets Tuesday competition. "The planning commission is made up of private businessmen who brought it to their (the township board's) attention. They reacted vehemently to the University because it's involved in private enterprise and is giving advantages to private enterprise," 6aid Robert Sullivan, who is both a member of the planning commission and the township board. Provost John Cantelon said the protest letter was a "complete surprise" to him and displeasure concerning the issue had "never been expressed before." Cantelon. president of the Middle Michigan Development Corp. Board of Directors, said he could not comment on the issue until meeting with the MMDC board Feb 19 ISee "Park"—page 2 Academic Senate to review search results LIFE-wire page 2 Profile page 3 Comment page 4 Bloom County page 4 Entertainment page 6 Spotlife page 7 Sports page 14 Classified* P*ge 18 Police Report* page 19 Placement Notices page 19 by PAT BRAY LIFE Staff Writer The regular agenda for tommor- row's Academic Senate meeting may be delayed to allow the senate a chance to discuss the presidential search result*. A-senate Chairwoman Pamela Weaver said Sunday she has asked for a meeting today with members of the senate's executive board and other interested people from the University. She »aid the meeting ia to "to try and get a feel of what is going on." "There is, of course, a lot of conversation on campus and there is a wide range of opinion," Wesver added. She said the Monday meeting will not necessarily be confined to just the search. Weaver said there is a "good possibility" the agenda will be set aside. Marjie Williams, executive secretary to Weaver, said she expects discusaion about the search will take over the agenda. "I would not be surprised if it happen*, but what exactly will be brought up, I don't know," William* said Sunday. The Presidential Screening Committee, which considered hundreds of applications for the position and sent the names of five finalist* to the Board of Trustees, was sppointed by the A-senate. The board set aside the list of finalist* to appoint interim President Arthur Ellis a* CMUs ninth head administrator Feb. 4 Members of the screening committee expressed discontent with the board at the last senate meeting Jan. 28. Dennis Thavenet, Presidential Search Committee chairman, said at the meeting if a president was appointed soon it would mean the "search had been set aside." The senator* al*o expressed concern the board had not communicated with the screening committee, since it released the names of the five finalists, and they had not used the committee or consultants hired by it in acquiring information on the finalist*. At that meeting the A-senate set aside the agenda to discuss the search process. Then, by unanimous vote the senate passed a resolution calling for the board to release information about the search. In other business the A-senate ia scheduled make a number of appointments to some standing committee*. There is one seat each open on the athletic, alumni and arts and science committees. The undergraduate committee will make a report on adding ADS 360 to the business curriclum. Z"ZT ^^ d*" *«" •*« be the third required Engluh course for business majors.
|Title||1986-02-10; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, February 10, 1986 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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