To the Editor: BGSU trustees lack credibility
Written by Wally and Diane Pretzer   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:29
Members of the BGSU Board of Trustees have no credibility for us. They learn from President Mary Ellen Mazey that she thinks "our current operating model is unsustainable and that we cannot continue to raise tuition to cover our costs." No doubt her statements are valid. In one revelation, trustees learn of the need for large budget cuts, and, in another, they decide upon a "need" to award a raise and bonus to President Mazey.
Trustees never seem to express either their individual opinions or their collective decisions publicly. They march to the same drummer, with no one out of line. Surely, there would be at least one trustee who would have asked, "How can we give a raise and a bonus at the same time we recognize the need for large budget cuts?"
With the looming cuts, the trustees have approved the consulting firm Accenture for $500,000 to audit BGSU's operations, evaluate programs, and identify cost-saving measures. Despite President Mazey's expectations that the savings from hiring the firm will be much greater than the firm's contract cost, we wonder why she and her staff, especially the Chief Financial Officer Sherideen Stoll, are themselves unable to accomplish the necessary analysis of the university's financial situation which, we believe, should be part of the basic responsibilities for which they are paid.
It would be helpful for trustees to state their views and decisions publicly. Perhaps, they don't because they are afraid of being sued for reckless decisions.
Wally and Diane Pretzer
Bowling Green

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