Finally! The truth is out about the academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have a graduate degree from our flagship that I revered. Why this extraordinary mess that will long besmirch this school?
First, it is the bureaucratic mind that afflicts business, educational, religious and other institutions. Despite years of intense publicity, the dodging continued. That included state government. I thought that former Gov. Jim Martin would fix the situation. His report was an obvious disappointment. Had these groups been decisive at the start, the result would have been bad – but not atomic.
Second, I suspect political correctness. Nobody wanted to touch African-American studies. When the university had to do something, it paid a huge sum of public money to the department chairman, a guilty party. Just the information that that department had some 250 courses told me that something was amiss academically.
The chancellor recently called in Mary Willingham, reamed her out and fired her. Here, bureaucracy will hide behind a pending court case. I hope that Willingham cleans them out.
The only shining light here is the persistence of The News & Observer. Our most ancient Light Upon the Hill is at stake.
William R. Erwin Jr.