The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

July 15, 2013

Our view: Marble's success depends on Board of Governors

JOPLIN, Mo. —

Monday will be Alan Marble’s 10th working day as the interim president of Missouri Southern State University. Since his July 1 appointment following the firing of former president Bruce Speck, Marble’s done a lot of listening, both to faculty and residents of the Joplin area. He knows that on one hand he has a tremendous challenge ahead of him to establish some type of clear vision and restore a sense of leadership.

On the other hand, the retired president of Crowder College, a two-year junior college in Neosho, recognizes the many good things Missouri Southern has going for it.

After all, in the tuition comparison, MSSU is a bargain for both in-state and out-of-state students. Right now, MSSU is the Missouri university that finds itself in the “sweet spot.”

Marble’s performance as interim president could, in our view, go a long way toward getting administrators and faculty talking again. We expect he has the skills to reach out to the community and involve them in the future of the university.

His success with open governance will depend on his bosses, the Board of Governors, which should immediately change the way it’s doing the business of representing the taxpayers and students who support MSSU.

The Board of Governors must:

• Stop relying on its attorneys to set the tone at the university. Instead, the board need only examine Missouri’s open records/open meetings laws to discover that much of what they are holding so close to the vest is information that belongs to the public.

• Provide the public with agendas that include some specifics about what it going to be discussed in an open session. By the same token, the agendas need to cite specific exemptions for going into closed session. The Board of Governors now lists all the possible exemptions as reasons for a closed session. That certainly falls outside the spirit of the law.

• Stop requiring a formal open records request every time a member of the public wants to see a document that is obviously an open document. It sets up an atmosphere of secrecy and bureaucracy for no good reason.

We think Marble is capable of making the transition and establishing strong leadership.

The Board of Governors only needs to swing the doors wide open.

 

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Our View.jpg Our View: Hate hurts us all

    Investigators say Sunday’s shooting of three people — two at a Jewish community center and another at a retirement complex in Overland Park, Kan. — were hate crimes.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Phill Brooks, columnist: Value of outside fiscal experts for government

    Missouri recently lost a man who had been one of the state’s tax leaders of decades past.

    April 15, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: State’s theatrics

    Conservatives in the Kansas Legislature have taken advantage of a serious problem — inequities in public school funding — to attack teachers and create new problems.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joan Banks, guest columnist: Right-to-work isn’t what’s right for Missouri

    Right-to-work legislation is up in the air right now in the Missouri Legislature.  Last week, the bill failed to get enough votes to advance to the Senate, but supporters are working to get those votes and move it forward.

    April 14, 2014

  • Our View: A hand across

    Have you ever needed $20 to help you get by until payday, a ride to work when your car wouldn’t start or someone responsible to watch your children for a few hours?
    Of course you have, and odds are you picked up the phone and there was someone on the other end willing to help.

    April 13, 2014

  • Carol Stark: So-called ‘justice’ system in need of another look

    Velma Crain has lived much of her adult life as an addict. The drug methamphetamine has robbed her of quality of life and her relationships with her family.
    The 48-year-old rural Joplin woman is now fighting a rare form of gynecological cancer. Her days are filled with chemotherapy treatments and pain.

    April 13, 2014

  • Your View: It takes a champion

    Our Missouri Southern State University men’s basketball Lions made a run for the gold, and how fortunate we the fans were this season to see those games unfold.

    April 11, 2014

  • Your View: So much for voting

    The following quote The Joplin Globe (April 9) was attributed to a member of the Young Professional Network: “It (Tuesday’s vote) is definitely not the end of what we’re trying to do.”

    April 11, 2014

  • Your View: Critical issues

    The people have spoken, loudly. The Joplin City Council, specifically the newest members, should bear in mind that they are not there for their agendas but rather to serve the people’s agenda.

    April 11, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: Kansas petri dish

    It took less than an hour Sunday night for state representatives to agree to meet the minimum requirement to fund schools and in the process strip the rights of those who work there.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

In an effort to curb prostitution, St. Louis police are targeting, and perhaps humiliating, the "johns" who use the services. Postcards mailed to the homes of those charged with trying to pick up prostitutes will offer a reminder about spreading sexually transmitted diseases, along with listing the court date. Do you think this is a good approach?

A. Yes.
N. No.
     View Results
Facebook
NDN Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Sports