Ron Sutherland: Woodson, Watzin sold out

November 12, 2013 

N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson and Dean Mary Watzin’s Nov. 2 Point of View piece “First obligation is to NCSU students” was a well-crafted spin piece. I give their PR crisis team credit for that. They had me singing that great song from the “Man of La Mancha“ musical, “I’m only thinking of him,” only in this case we’re led to believe they were only thinking of those poor students when they attempted to sell the world’s largest university research forest to a farming company.

By their logic, when a university asset falters, it should be divested for something more lucrative. Therefore, the entire NCSU Endowment Fund should have been sold off during the last decade due to the miserable performance of the stock market. Wonder why they didn’t mention that the reason they “have to” sell the forest to invest in the stock market is to make up for lost tax and investment revenue from the stock market crash?

The really funny thing, though, was their statement at the end – that the world needs more environmental professionals. Thanks to leaders like Woodson and Watzin, sadly that is true.

Ron Sutherland

Durham

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