Rutgers Board Won't Hear Dissent on Condoleezza Rice
- Faculty Council wants Rutgers to rescind commencement invitation to Condoleezza Rice
- Commencement speakers changing at Rutgers and Pasadena City College
- Rutgers president faces controversy on multiple fronts, including athletics
- Head of IMF, facing protests, withdraws from Smith College commencement address
- Rutgers says it didn't have cause to fire Rice. Contract suggests otherwise
Many faculty members at Rutgers University at New Brunswick are upset that the university's board approved a plan to invite Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state in the administration of President George W. Bush, to be commencement speaker. Now faculty leaders are upset for a related reason: They asked for time at the next meeting of the Board of Governors to explain their opposition to Rice, and they were turned down. University officials say that they could have expressed their views at the meeting where Rice's selection was approved, but that they can't speak now. A university spokesman confirmed the decision via email, explaining it this way: "The bylaws of the Rutgers University Board of Governors set forth a process for speaking at meetings. Speakers are welcome to address any action items that are listed on the BOG agenda. The selection of Condoleezza Rice was on a previous (Feb. 4, 2014) agenda and approved by the Board of Governors."