I received the following letter from Clarence Russeau. He asks a question that deserves an answer:
As I read over the list of the people chosen to be on the search committee for the President of Sul Ross State University, one poked out to me as curious to why the 15 member search committee accepted Dora Alcala. I do congratulate her on her appointment, but question the regent’s motive since they will already hold four seats.
Why do they need a former Texas State Regents Board member holding a community member slot when she is not from Alpine, TX? I realize she is from Del Rio , but her input can be added through conversation. She used to be friends with, and sit next to, the other Regents.
I challenge the sincerity of the committee to be objective and innovative in its search. I hope the committee can look objectively at candidates that reflect the diversity at Sul Ross State University . It would be refreshing to have a university president that speaks both English and Spanish. I would also hope he or she will look at the current school administration and demand positive leadership and change.
The future leaders of communities in Texas , even the nation, will be developed at our institutions of higher education in the coming years. Currently, the engendered animosity and division at Sul Ross are not conducive to this development. Morale of students, faculty, and employees is low – possibly the lowest it has ever been. It will take a new type of innovator to lead the university out of its slump and into a more globalize and efficient state.
Professors, as well as students, need to be shown strong leadership. The world is changing and a different approach will be necessary to keep up. This might not be conventional, and the University needs to be reviewed by an outside eye. Someone not jaded by its current process.
The new leader needs to understand the new challenges and have the courage to move Sul Ross into the future.