Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SOMEBODY HAS SOME EXPLAINING TO DO

Multiple local media outlets are reporting that former SIU President and current John A. Logan College Trustee, Glenn Poshard, has resigned his position as President of Morthland College.  The Southern Illinoisan reports there are two different versions of his reason for resignation.  Poshard released a statement that read,
“I believe strongly in the vision and the mission of Morthland College and the opportunity it provides in offering students a faith-based, Christian education, however there are serious issues — both personnel and financial — of which I was not notified when I began as president, and which, I concluded, could only be resolved by an authority other than myself.”
A spokeman for Morthand College said Poshard gave them another reason.

“He resigned for health reasons, that is what he told us,”  
These statements lead one to two very different conclusions.  Poshard's statement implies that there are unspecified problems at Morthland.  Perhaps financial instability or malfeasance.  

The quote differs from the Southern's site to that of WSILThe Southern reports, "... issues — both personnel and financial ".  WSIL reports the quote as,

I believe strongly in the vision and mission of Morthland College and the opportunity it provides in offering students a faith-based Christian education. However, there are serious issues, both personal and financial, of which I was not notified when I began as president, and which, I concluded, could only be resolved by an authority other than myself. 
 Note that The Southern uses the word, "personnel" and that WSIL reports the wording as "personal".  If WSIL is correct, that invites speculation as to who has personal issues.  What type are they?  Are they related to the financial issues?  The Southern's quote sounds more like there was merely a human resource problem.

On the other hand, Morthland's PR person says the resignation is on Poshard; that he has health reasons.  This is disturbing because someone is not telling the truth, or at least not the whole truth. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MEET THE NEW BOSS...

Longtime JALC Board member, and chair, Don Brewer took the occasion of his last Board meeting to defend the Board's actions last year regarding faculty and staff layoffs, criticized attendees who may have given a little too much truth to the Higher Learning Commission visit team and claimed that enrollment is hunky dory. 

Newly elected members Becky Borgsmiller and Mandy Little were seated and temporary presiding officer Ron House called on Glenn Poshard to report on the nominating committee.  Apparently, the outgoing Board does the nominating and the new one votes.  Seems like the new Board, including the new members, would nominate officers, but...  The nominees, for chair, were Ray Hancock and Bill Kilquist.  It quickly became clear what the new voting blocs will be.  Voting for Hancock were Hancock, Borgsmiller and Little.  Electing Bill Kilquist were Rendleman, Kilquist, Poshard and Graff.  The news of the night was that Graff and Poshard have clearly thrown their lot in with the Old Guard. 

This became apparent during the regular meeting, that followed the organizational meeting, when Borgsmiller questioned the way so much business is conducted in small committees, away from the public eye.  Poshard didn't see the lack of transparency as an issue. 

The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war...
 
...Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
 
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
 
PETER TOWNSHEND
© Spirit Music Group

Monday, April 24, 2017

LOGAN BOT SEATS NEW MEMBERS TOMORROW NIGHT

The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees has two meetings, tomorrow night.  The first, at 6:30, will seat the two newly elected Board members, Mandy Little and Becky Borgsmiller.  There will then be an election of Board officers.  The second meeting, the regular monthly meeting, will begin at 7pm.  Both are open to the public and both have public comment periods on the agenda.

This will be an opportunity for current, retired and laid off faculty and staff, as well as students and community members to see their new board representatives sworn in (at the 6:30 meeting) and for those new Board members to see what interest the Logan community takes in the governance of their college (the 7pm meeting).