BOT Meeting

DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 413
DAYS UNTIL THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR: 4

Some of you already know the Board met yesterday in a special session. According to their posting, the business of the day was a discussion of the marketing blitz, deferred maintenance, and setting “FY2012 Presidential goals.” Then they might have moved to a closed session to discussion of a lot of things that sound like us (e.g., pending/probable court proceedings, employment appointment and dismissal, collective negotiation matters). Now, I didn’t make it to the meeting yesterday, though from the news reports, I wish I had:

SIU board gets rattled [The Southern]
Board questions chancellor’s marketing plan [Daily Egyptian]

It sounds like there’s some dissention in the Board ranks, as a few of the Board members called Cheng and Poshard out for making their decision on the new logo change and not getting approval — or even notifying the Board (the Chairman, Roger Herrin, actually said his first look at it was in the Southern). You’ll also notice that the two names mentioned for speaking up — Lowery and Mannering — were also the two BOT members who spoke up at the July 14th meeting. There’s nothing in either article about the other items on the Board’s agenda. If anyone went and would like to comment, I’d appreciate it!

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