So this is what it has come to. After years of propping up the failed presidency of Wayne Watson, covering for him, acting as his apologist, on February 4th you, the CSU Board of Trustees, had to declare CSU financially exigent. Now, today you tell 900 CSU employees of all ranks that they may be out of a job in April or August. Well done Anthony Young. Well done CSU Board of Trustees.
After years of hearing from us here and in other venues that the CSU house was on fire, treating us as if we were outsiders with no stake or interest or commitment to the university--you just stopped up your ears and swallowed the pablum, the snake oil that HRH your friend and pol Wayne Watson pedaled. And you even went on record time and time again about your support of Watson and his vanities. Well done. Great management of a state institution you were entrusted to protect.
Ok, so Gov. Rauner has put all the state universities into circumstances that are beyond their individual control. But let's face it, without WW's lawsuits and all the legal fees incurred by the university, all his whims and extravagances, his running of CSU as a jobs for friends political ward--lovingly detailed here in these blog posts, not to mention his and your board's failure to fund raise (nice touch by the way, caving into Watson's desire to blame it all on the old beleaguered Foundation and then dismantle them), you have to admit that you really did not do your due diligence. You did not attend to the falling enrollment of which you were reminded at every Board meeting. You let Wayne and his "team" off the hook time and time again. You even extended the megalomaniac's contract. Then, for some reason, who knows why, last fall you decided to hire a new president to clean up the mess or help shut us down as the case may be. You wanted the new president to start in January, but you still kept WW on campus in university-supported office space. Your blind support of the failure of the Watson presidency has helped our undoing immensely. It is cold comfort to think that among all the pink slips you have to sign, one must now bear Watson's name. Three years too late.
So bravo CSU Board of Trustees.
If Rauner were truly interested in cleaning up the corruption of the state he would have disbanded the CSU Board long ago. But we know the dance is all about Rauner vs Madigan. We know that at a place like CSU we are all pawns in a much bigger game. Too bad, however, you could not have provided us with a higher ground on which to endure the assault from outside.
Shame on you all.