While Mike DeWine was the State Attorney General, he failed to thoroughly investigate the criminal behavior of the Trustees and leadership of Wright State as over $130M disappeared, and another $150M that was supposedly raised in the “Rise.Shine” campaign has never been accounted for.
Insider deals to make sure that trustees and donors businesses benefited went un-prosecuted, while multiple shell companies were formed to provide a shield from public scrutiny. Despite a $300K audit, and an H1B visa scandal with a million dollar plus fine from the DOJ, all has been ignored by Mike DeWine and the rest of the Republicans running the state.
I’m sure it helps that the crooks at Wright State hired Kevin DeWine as their lobbyist. He’s Mike DeWine’s 2nd cousin, and right in the middle of most of the messes.
With the faculty on strike, the current board and their new president, Dr. Cheryl Schrader are pretending that somehow you can run a university with less than a third of your faculty working. This is because they aren’t operating in reality.
Through the few years of fiscal crisis, they’ve been busy “cost-cutting” everywhere but where it wouldn’t affect the education of students. Pay increases for basketball coaches, buying buildings that the university didn’t need (from trustees firms) and pouring money into highly bloated “research institutes” that are using Wright State like a rich uncle to float their bad financials.
The new president is out of touch and ill prepared, as seen by her inability to stop the strike. The very same board that admits they were asleep at the wheel 4 years ago when the money turned up gone, is still running the show.
Last fall, enrollment was down 10%. This Friday, the last day for students to withdraw without penalty, a giant sucking sound will be heard throughout “Raider Country” as students give up on the flailing ship and head for more stable schools.
None of this needs to happen. If only Mike DeWine had a spine.
We’ve seen at Michigan State how easy it is to remove a university president. We know you don’t need a PhD to lead a school thanks to Jim Tressel, a fallen football coach who seems perfectly capable of running Youngstown State without crisis, strikes or losing millions- and he only has a bachelors degree.
The board of trustees serves at the pleasure of the Governor.
If this governor wants to have a University fail in the first weeks of his Governorship, all he has to do is nothing.
What needs to happen, on Thursday. January 24th, is he needs to step in and remove all the trustees except the newest, Bruce Langos. Appoint 8 new trustees who don’t have any business connections to Wright State, or any of the shell companies and their boards of interlocking directorates.
Fire Cheryl Schrader for failure to avert the strike. Fire the chief counsel of the University Larry Chan, who has played along with these charades.
Invite the AAUP to return to their classrooms immediately, with a promise to step in as a mediator with the willingness to put the students and the universities future first instead of egos. Offer moving the university to division II as a bargaining position as well as a complete elimination of all the separate shell companies operating under a cloak of secrecy. Stop the move of the WSU archives off campus and force WPCU and former Trustee Doug Fecher to pay the university back for their former HQ, and the Soin’s to buy all the buildings with Vishal Soin’s name on them.
Promise to negotiate in good faith and to resolve contract differences by the end of this semester.
Or, watch as Wright State fails. Your choice Governor.