The Search for a New Sul Ross President

The Search for a New Sul Ross President

I received the following letter from Clarence Russeau. He asks a question that deserves an answer:

Editor,
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.

Sincerely,
Clarence Russeau

3 thoughts on “The Search for a New Sul Ross President

  1. admin

    An anonymous source told me that the search for the new president was ‘constrained’ by arbitrary budget issues. They could fly someone in from San Antonio for instance, but not Dallas or Houston. In effect, this created a practical pool of one candidate. This is unverified, of course, so take it with a grain of salt.

    I welcome any comments or views on this because it will have a long term effect on Alpine.

  2. joe torres

    we do need a president that can speak both english as well as spanish we also need a president that will mingle with the commiunity we need a president that will bring sul ross to be a school that will stand out amoung other colleges in both acadamics and sports we need some one who is not afraid to make decisions that are going to better sul ross and the people who make sul ross what it is, that is the workers who have alot of pride of thier work but are contantly put down by their supervisors we need supervisors who are on tne same page as the workers we also need instructors that are willing tto commit to make this the best university to attend we need a president who will make an impact on our school as well as the well being of each empolyee who is commited to make sul poss the best in the west

  3. Cindy Weaver

    SR already has a president with those qualifications – one who “mingle[s] with the commiunity . . . bring sul ross to be a school that will stand out amoung other colleges in both acadamics and sports [and] who is not afraid to make decisions that are going to better sul ross and the people who make sul ross what it is.” Vic has done that and more – and has even decided to remain in Alpiine after his retirement. If that does not say a lot for the community, nothing does.

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