Monday, October 10, 2005
The Day of Ladner-Reckoning:
The board of trustees meets today. Kerwin sends out a memo, which I reprint, again, as a public service. Emphasis mine.
TO: Campus Community
FROM: Cornelius Kerwin
SUBJECT: Board of Trustees Meeting on October 10
As you know, the Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on
Monday, October 10, to consider important issues related to the
leadership of American University. On Wednesday, September 28,
members of the Board of Trustees met with the acting provost
and deans of the schools and colleges, leadership of the
Faculty Senate, students, alumni, and staff. The board has
received the actions taken by the deans and the faculties of
the schools and colleges, the relevant motions of the Faculty
Senate, and similar expressions from our various student
government bodies, the alumni governing body, and the Staff
Council. The board has also received individual communications
expressing opinions and positions on the matters at issue. At
Monday’s meeting, the board will again meet with designated
representatives of the campus community. The board will then
work in executive session, and that is certainly appropriate in
light of the issues they must resolve.
Given the gravity of the decisions they face, I urge all
members of this community to provide the board the undisturbed
time they need during their executive session to bring these
matters to an appropriate conclusion. It goes without saying
that the members of the American University community have
every right to express their views on the matters before the
board. I ask that, as you express your opinions and concerns,
you do so in a manner that also allows the Board of Trustees to
conduct their business in an environment conducive to
thoughtful and serious deliberation. We expect to have an
announcement at the end of the day.
I want to thank and commend the entire American University
community— students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends—for
the way you have conducted yourselves over these past weeks.
Throughout this long and difficult process, your voices have
been indispensable. They will continue to be as we get on with
the important work of this university.
This confirms two things. One, the board didn't exactly appreciate the raucous student protest, even if it did push a couple of board members towards Ladner's dismissal. I think they may also not appreciate the media coverage and image therein with said protest.
Two, it's over today. It's a longshot that Ladner stays, so now we're talking replacement. We'll see what comes up after today, although I have no problem with Kerwin keeping the job. (This, after running other names into hostility from friends, of course.)
JH 9:27 AM