One of the kind folks monitoring this blog reminded me of something I have overlooked. That was simply how to privately contact me. Because we have over 100 unique visitors per day visiting the blog and I suspect one of them is big brother (see earlier post), if you have anything you either want to add to the blog or want discussed on the blog, feel free to contact me at my gmail account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once again, for those new to this blog site, at present there are 6 posts on the blog and each has its own set of comments. To read the comments you have to hit the word "Comments" at the beginning or end of the post. Somewhat confusing is that when you bring up the comments for a specific post it eliminates the other posts from the screen. To bring the other posts back up simply go back to the top of the page and click on Blog. Finally, to understand the development of the blog it is best to read it from the bottom post (Dr. Paul Kearney Case) up.
Looney in one of his/her comments reminded me of something I have always felt important but have not fully addressed in this blog, that being the simple principle, “if you can’t be part of the solution don’t be part of the problem.” So below I have listed some of my thoughts on resolving some of the issues that have surfaced in this blog. Knowing I am opening myself up to some witty slights, I would welcome any constructive additions you might wish to add.
- As suggested multiple times, a public audit of the College of Medicine and hospital finances for the past 10 years might be a good place to start. If you don’t know the problem it becomes a challenge to solve it. The bottom line being: I think it important that a public institution be just that, public.
- With regards to the Dr. Paul Kearney case I think unfortunately a lot of that has been driven into some dark hole that only lawyers live in. Personally I think the vendetta should cease and Dr. Kearney should be allowed to return to what he is very good at, that being saving lives and teaching students. If it makes you feel better about it, put a black mark on his record for that year and/or have him attend an anger management class, but simply get closure. I guess an alternative, considering the defamation of character and public blacklisting that the university has put this person through, is to negotiate a payoff. Bottom line being: this Dr. Kearney case is a festering wound and an embarrassment for the university.
- With reference to potential future Dr. Kearney scenarios it might be worth thinking about doing something like what we do for students appealing disciplinary decisions they feel are either incorrect or excessive. Have a Faculty Appeals Committee composed of a chair and a quorum of eight-university faculty from throughout campus (but not from the faculty member’s College or work area). They receive written statements from both the appellant and charging official, a committee meeting is convened at which the accused and accuser and any support team they wish to bring can make additional statements or clarifications should they want to. The committee listens and asks its questions, and when finished the committee meets in private, discusses the evidence, comes to a consensus and that is passed on to the Board for its approval. The bottom line being: you need a neutral body making these judgments in a fair and open meeting. In Dr. Kearney’s case it was more like a prison warden selecting some of his guards to reach the verdict in the absence of the accused.
- My last suggestion is to ask for the retirement of Dr. Karpf. If his record is as spotless as he claims then name a hospital wing or even a building after him. It seems to be a tradition around here. Find a replacement that is open, honest, a good listener and works well with others. With regards to financing and finishing the new hospital, do it right. If it takes 10 years to get it done, it takes ten years. Don’t bankrupt the University trying to finish it in five. Perhaps try to find a Mike Karpf replacement that thinks more about working with the neighboring hospitals rather than trying to drive them out of business, and someone good at or experienced in seeking out and recruiting donors to help finance the completion of the hospital. The bottom line here being: lets get rid of the puppet governing system and “good old boy” politics in the hospital and College, get some new ideas and perspectives flowing through it and generate a work force that doesn’t fear its administration but rather respects it.
Well these are a few of my suggestions for resolving the Dr. Kearney issues and for bettering our university. If you have some you may wish to add please do so in the Comments section below. Thanks for reading the blog and Happy Holidays to all.