Quick Takes: State Takeover of Texas Southern, WVU Names President Over Faculty Objections, Clemson Eases Athletic Recruiting, Ex-Ohio State Coaches Win Appeal, UW-Superior Recognizes Christian Group, Maryland Adds Benefits for Some Long-Term Lecturers

April 16, 2007
  • Gov. Rick Perry has asked the entire board of Texas Southern University to resign in favor of a conservator who would have broad power over management of the institution, The Houston Chronicle reported. Texas Southern is a historically black college whose management has been widely criticized and whose last president was forced out amid a spending scandal for which she faces criminal charges. Some legislators are objecting to Perry's plan. Any conservator would require Senate confirmation.
  • Michael S. Garrison was named the next president of West Virginia University Friday -- despite widespread faculty objections. Garrison has close ties to many West Virginia political leaders, but faculty members note that he's a lawyer without a career in higher education. Many professors have charged that the search did not sufficiently consider their concerns or candidates other than Garrison.
  • Clemson University is changing its rules on recruiting athletes, following complaints from athletic advocates that the institution's process was too complicated and that academic issues were being raised too early in the process, making it more difficult to land stars, The State reported.
  • A National Collegiate Athletic Association appeals panel has reversed several findings of violations against two former Ohio State University men's basketball coaches, although the committee largely upheld the penalties against both men. The NCAA's Division I Infractions Appeals Committee concluded that the statute of limitations had technically expired on allegations that the head coach, Jim O'Brien, gave $6,000 to the family of a player he was trying to recruit.
  • The University of Wisconsin at Superior has agreed to recognize a Christian group as an official student organization, award it student fees, and pay its legal costs, the Associated Press reported. The announcement is the latest in a series of wins for religious groups seeking funds and recognition from public colleges.
  • The University of Maryland Board of Regents voted to require its colleges to offer more benefits for long-term lecturers, a move that faculty groups are calling a start, but not a significant step in improving the standard of living for those off the tenure track, The Baltimore Sun reported.
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