On May 19, Historiann asked about unscrupulous pol and President of West Virginia University Mike Garrison: “How long will this guy be permitted to circle the drain at WVU?”
Well, the answer is about 17 days. This morning, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Garrison has announced his resignation, effective September 1. Why September 1, instead of June 6? (6/6 is a nice, round date. It’s the anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, after all.) Those long, drawn-out good-byes have never made sense to me. Usually, the Provost steps in as the Acting President. But–oops! The Provost resigned in April over scandalous revelation that the university had awarded an unearned M.B.A. to the Governor’s daughter. So did the Dean of the business school! So did the university’s general counsel! So did Garrison’s communications chief! If anyone is left in the administration at WVU at the end of August, please turn the lights out on your way out the door.
Congratulations to the faculty and alumni at WVU, who really hung together in recognizing that Garrison had to go. West Virginia is a small state, and they don’t need to buy this kind of trouble. From the Post-Gazette story:
Since the panel’s report, the faculty has voted twice for his resignation by landslide margins, alumni have called for his ouster, and donors have said their checkbooks are closed until Mr. Garrison leaves. Yesterday, a majority of the tenured faculty of WVU’s law school, where Mr. Garrison earned his law degree, asked him to step down.
Here’s some free advice from Historiann for all of my readers who are administrators, or aspire to university administration: you really should lead the parade of resignations, not be fifth in line. Now you’re just prolonging your jerkitude. Nice job, Mike.