Your account of Kennesaw State University President Dr. Dan Papp’s discussion with SPSU students includes his statement that “he has no idea whatsoever” how many jobs will be affected or how much saving will be seen if the universities merge.
Also, you reported that SPSU President Dr. Lisa Rossbacher said she only learned of the proposed merger one day before it was publicly announced.
These are shocking statements.
While there may be cost reductions and other benefits sufficient to justify the merger, it would be totally irresponsible for the Board of Regents, which reportedly will act this month, to make a decision with such far-reaching consequences without a comprehensive, fully open study.
Such a study should include input from the students, faculty, and administration of both universities; a reasonably accurate estimate of the cost reductions and other expected benefits; and input from the business community. It should also include an analysis of how the merged entity would fit into the Regent’s overall priorities and plans. For example, is the proposed merger related to the recent establishment of the College of Engineering in Athens?
The Board of Regents was established in 1931 to protect the University System from inappropriate political influence. Its decision-making, like that of all public agencies, should as open to the public as possible.
Full disclosure: I am biased in favor of SPSU because, during my 30 years at Lockheed, I frequently heard managers in the Engineering, Manufacturing, and IT organization praise SPSU graduates for their competence and work habits.
Warren Herron Marietta