The Missouri Southern State University faculty will hold a no-confidence vote today on President Bruce Speck.
The Joplin Globe's Derek Spellman and Greg Grisolano have a comprehensive look at the situation in today's edition.
And while I commend the Globe's stories from today and the Sunday edition, a complete look at the Bruce Speck situation needs to include how he arrived at Missouri Southern in the first place. If we are ever to get to the bottom of the current unrest at the university, the following questions need to be asked:
-Why was Julio Leon pushed out and who played what role in removing him from office?
-Why was then Board of Governors Chairman Dwight Douglas placed in charge of the committee searching for a replacement for Leon? Douglas' inclusion in that committee virtually guaranteed bias in the choice of candidates presented to the board.
-In what world is only one candidate actually interviewed for such an important position?
-Could the decision to interview only Bruce Speck have anything to do with the fact that he was the candidate Dwight Douglas wanted all the time
-Could Speck's choice have anything to do with the efforts Speck made to dismantle the international program at Austin Peay University?
The faculty problem with Speck is undeniably the big story of the moment, both for the Joplin Globe and for the university, but the decisions that brought Speck to Joplin are at the crux of the university's problems.
The problem has never been that Bruce Speck has not outlined his vision for Missouri Southern State University. He was not brought in to have a vision. He is obviously the Pinocchio in this situation.
It is time to directly ask the man pulling the strings, Dwight Douglas, exactly what his vision is for the university.
(Randy Turner's new book, Newspaper Days, is available at Amazon.com.)