Editorial: Presidential search excludes students

Students felt they were left out of the presidential search.

Patrick Harker
Kirk Smith /THE REVIEW
Students feel left out of the search process, pending the announcement of Harker’s successor.

This Wednesday, the university finally will announce its selection for the next president. However, many questions remain unanswered about how the school came to their decision.

The university has done a poor job informing the student population about the search, and in turn has maintained the status quo of the last few years.

If you have the chance to catch the reveal event on Wednesday, all the power to you. The event will be taking place at 1:00 pm; an hour dominated by classes. The invitation to students appears half-hearted and at the same time, fully in-line with university values. There was only one undergraduate student on the presidential search committee, so clearly student voices have not been respected to the extent they should have been in this process.

The afternoon timing of this event will only perpetuate the lack of student knowledge about university matters. And in a semester with a heightened awareness towards campus issues, the only conclusion drawn from this is that perhaps the university is apathetic towards its students.

But shouldn’t our recent outcry for change, as well as those coming from Yale and Missouri, indicate something? They should—the new college student seeks knowledge out and doesn’t sit idly by.

We, the students, don’t want another administration that doesn’t care about us. We don’t want another white, middle aged male with economic interests trumping everything else. The shadow the university has cast should not get bigger.

The Review feels that no matter what the outcome of Wednesday’s event, the student population has been forgotten.

It doesn’t matter if this was on purpose or by accident. The Review knows that the voices of the students need to be heard.

If the university really wanted to show its students they care, they would have included more in the process.

A new type of student, a student who is aware and concerned about on campus issues, has emerged. Ever since the protests outside the Katie Pavlich talks, ever since the open forum about our long-standing diversity issues, students have thrust themselves into the conversation.

Unfortunately, students are still aware of how little influence they have in the search for the next president, even with their newly found voice on campus issues.

Editorials are developed by The Review staff, led this week by copy-editor Will Kebbe.


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    Matt 5 years

    “We don’t want another white, middle aged male with economic interests trumping everything else.”

    Congrats Will, you managed to be racist and sexist all in the same line.

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    Anon 5 years

    Students are also here and gone in 4 years give or take. Why should they have a say in choosing the executive staff that could be here for decades?

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    Tyler 5 years

    I find this article to be a bit whiney. What experience does any student have in University administration? The Board of Trustees is elected and entrusted with these duties for a reason. As a student, you can make your voice heard and hopefully relay to the trustees what the student body wants, but at the end of the day why do you think you could evaluate a candidate as well as or better than the trustees? That is what you seem to be implying and I think that is inaccurate. The current college-age generation continues to act far too entitled.

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