After you’ve checked out Joe Killian’s latest wrap-up of the ongoing craziness at the UNC Board of Governors over on the main Policy Watch website (“As the UNC Board of Governors turns: Members go silent as concerns about Fetzer mount”), be sure to read this morning’s lead editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal, which relies in part on Joe’s reporting to put the situation at UNC in proper context.
Here are some excerpts from “UNC Board’s dysfunction”:
We hereby officially declare the UNC Board of Governors destructive and dysfunctional and headed to hell in a handbasket full of petty infighting and naked opportunism.
You could see this coming, first by inches and feet and now by country miles:
- The clumsy handling of the still-unresolved “Silent Sam” Confederate statue saga.
- The testy relations with former UNC President Margaret Spellings, which led to her abrupt departure in March, after only three years.
- The departure as well of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt in January.
- The persistent rumors that N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore is angling to become UNC system president (perish the thought).
And now the shenanigans (what else would you call them?) of board member Tom Fetzer, who keeps meddling in the affairs of individual campuses in what appears to be a shameless attempt to find a new job for himself.
After reviewing Fetzer’s latest outrageous behavior in which he hired lawyer Peter Romary to conduct an investigation of former ECU interim chancellor Dan Gerlach (and who could have expected anything different from a career troublemaker like Fetzer?), the editorial concludes this way:
But what is painfully obvious is that the Board of Governors is spinning out of control, with warring factions and clashing agendas. And all this scratching and clawing is mostly Republican versus Republican. There are no Democrats on the board.
Yet, somehow nobody seems to be held accountable. Thus, Fetzer has twice gone off the grid to play amateur gumshoe and still retains his seat on the board
As of Thursday, at least some board members finally were publicly condemning Fetzer’s actions. But that’s not enough. Fetzer needs to go…..
This is an outrage and an embarrassment and, if left unchecked, it will do lasting damage to the UNC system’s integrity and reputation, as well as its ability to attract the best leaders.
Would you want to work for these guys?
Click here to read the entire editorial.