Promises, Promises: What
Do They Mean at UAS?
By Robert D. Warner
October 24, 2006
Dear Viewpoints Editor:
When the UAS Ketchikan Campus
Director announced her resignation in April, 2005, the UAS Chancellor
said that a nation wide search would be conducted to hire a replacement.
This writer believes that a timely search for a new campus director
could have been conducted that spring. The process should have
taken about three months for advertising, interviews and selection;
a new person could have easily been in place by the beginning
of Fall Semester, 2005. Any temporary appointments would have
been for a brief period of three or four months at the most.
To the best of my knowledge, no national search has ever taken
place. What kind of effort was made to find the best possible
candidate for the position? Who was invited to submit a application?
What type of training and experience were needed? Where was
it advertised? Was any attempt ever made to have a equal opportunity
Were Juneau administrators just being lazy or indifferent to
the needs of the Ketchikan Campus? I don't think so.
With a long interim appointment
instead of a national search, there was time to make certain
that a pre-selected candidate with few qualifications and little
experience passed a lutmus test for total loyality to these Juneau
bureaucrats. Were they worried that highly qualified candidates
for KC Director would quickly identify problems and work for
independence/separation from UAS Juneau?
The bottom line is that Ketchikan Campus will remain "dead
in the water" as long as it is under the autocratic control
of the top heavy Juneau based UAS administration. It certainly
looks like more of the same at Ketchikan Campus!!
Robert D. Warner
Received October 24, 2006 - Published October 24, 2006
About: "34 Year resident of Ketchikan and Retired Ketchikan
Campus faculty. "
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