By Greg Grisolano
Missouri Southern State University’s board of governors is directing university President Bruce Speck to “renew efforts to improve relations with the faculty and to address faculty concerns in terms of leadership, management and judgment without retaliation,” according to a press release issued Friday night.
Specific details as to what action Speck must take to accomplish those efforts are not outlined in the report, nor were any of the board of governors willing to discuss in detail the manner in which the strained relations between faculty and administrators are to be addressed. The board statement also said it is “fully aware of the dissatisfaction of the faculty” in regards to Speck.
The board’s directive comes in the midst of a movement by the faculty senate to engage in a vote of no confidence in the president’s leadership. An ad hoc committee of faculty senators forwarded a preliminary report to the board outlining 23 indictments against Speck, including failures of leadership, management, shared governance with faculty, judgment and public embarrassment. The statement from board of governors chairman Rod Anderson also acknowledged “the distinct possibility of a no-confidence vote by the faculty.”
“The board commends the faculty in raising concerns in such fashion because solutions to issues cannot be solved if concerns are not voiced and brought to the attention of this board,” Anderson is quoted as stating in the release. “This dialogue has given us the opportunity to better ourselves for the good of this university and the students we serve.”
Anderson declined to comment further about specifics of the meeting, including offering reaction to concerns about Speck’s leadership style that were broached by faculty senate President Roger Chelf during the open portion of the meeting.
Members of the faculty senate ad hoc committee said Friday night they were “shocked” by the board’s actions following Friday’s meeting.
By Greg Grisolano
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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