|To the Editor: Retired faculty express disappointment|
|Written by Diane and Wally Pretzer|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 09:27|
We do not understand why BGSU President Mazey and Provost Rogers seem to want to have an adversarial relationship with the BGSU Faculty Union as well as with all faculty. Can't they make decisions with the union representatives instead of ignoring them?
How can well-educated President Mazey think that education will not suffer if the student body is increased to 25,000 and the faculty is cut by 100? Perhaps, in addition to her current duties, she should be expected to teach at least two classes per semester.
One can, indeed, be suspicious of the Mazey administration's plan of expecting the faculty to absorb the $5 million loss of money coming from the state. We have heard no mention of reductions in administrative positions or in athletics personnel. There should also be consideration of reductions in top administrative salaries.
As retired faculty members, we are very disappointed in the way in which the Mazey administration is, apparently, regarding the faculty. It also seems that sports programs are regarded as more important than academic programs, in an effort to please alumni who received --and probably value -- their academic training at BGSU. Now it is clear why Mazey so often dresses in orange and brown clothing. Doing so emphasizes her "rah-rah" spirit.
By the way, what do the university's trustees think about such current issues as faculty cuts? Do they, like corporate boards, accept the recommendations of CEO Mazey without question? Not long ago, they rewarded her very well for "doing a good job." We thought that all employees were expected to do a good job, even without expectation of rewards.
Diane and Wally Pretzer
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