MORE FUN AND GAMES AT UAS
By Robert D. Warner
July 08, 2010
Dear Sitnews Editor:
A recent announcement that the position of UAS Ketchikan Campus
Director will be filled for the next year by a temporary troika
of people is yet another blunder by the UAS Juneau based administration.
This administration has dictated Ketchikan campus policy since
1987 when Ketchikan Community College was eliminated. When the
local Campus Director announced her departure in early May, a
search for a replacement could have promptly started. Such a
search could be conducted efficiently and fairly in about three
to four months. This schedule would have allowed one month for
advertising, one month for screening applications, and a third
month for interviews and hiring. Now we have a needless delay
that will drag this process out for another year, perhaps longer!
When the long overdue retirement of a UAS provost was finally
announced in 2003, pending a replacement being hired, it took
7 years for UAS to hire that replacement.
Many of us wonder why there is a need for such delays. Is some
sort of monkey business is going on? The departing director
was hired without any search at all. Perhaps the position of
campus director is not really necessary? How does this Ketchikan
troika have time to take on "extra" duties? Do these
Juneau bureaucrats running the campus fear that a prompt hire
would increase the danger of an independent person coming to
Ketchikan? Would this person have the courage to propose and
promote a separate community college for Ketchikan? Perhaps
these Juneau administrators are just pompous, lazy, and regard
Ketchikan as low on their list of priorities?
Most of this dither seems irrelevant, however. Since 1987, Ketchikan
Campus has lost its significance to our community. Local citizens
no longer have any real voice in appointing a local campus director.
Why should they care? Today, most current and future students
in Ketchikan must focus their efforts on selecting a REAL
COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY to serve their educational needs.
Getting involved in more fun and games at UAS Ketchikan would
most likely be a frustrating waste of time.
Robert D. Warner
Received June 08, 2010 - Published
July 08, 2010
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