And does it all come down to a cliché.... "cherchez la femme" or is it déjà vu all over again-- "blame the faculty?"
Chicago Sun Times, February 23, 2013
Is Armageddon at hand at
? Chicago State
Sneed hears trouble is brewing at the South Side university, which was pockmarked for years by fiscal mismanagement and inept leadership.
◆ At issue: A battle between University President Wayne Watson, the highly respected former chancellor of City Colleges of
and several university board members who reportedly want a new person at the
◆ The buckshot: Watson, who was hired in 2009 to install top-to-bottom management at the fiscally unsound school, was reportedly accused by several board members of violating school policy by being less than candid about a relationship he has with a school employee — even though both of them are single.
◆ The flipshot: Sneed is told pressure was put on Gov. Pat Quinn to get rid of Watson, who, according to two top sources, was getting pushback for trying to instill a culture change at the struggling school by instituting heavier faculty workloads.
◆ The backshot: “There are board members who either want to control Watson or want their own person at the helm and have heavy backers who are major donors to Gov. Quinn,” said a Watson supporter. “It’s as simple as that.”