Board of re­gents should not be for­given so eas­ily

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Wal­ter Buck, En­nis, Mo. The writer is a Univer­sity of Mary­land alum­nus.

The se­lec­tion of Linda Gooden as the new Univer­sity Sys­tem of Mary­land Board of Re­gents chair re­minds one of re­ar­rang­ing the deck chairs on the Ti­tanic. (“Univer­sity Sys­tem of Mary­land re­gents name Linda Gooden,” Nov. 7). Her first pub­lic act: apol­o­giz­ing. It’s nice for her to make the state­ment that “ev­ery­one on the board now un­der­stands that the board’s per­son­nel rec­om­men­da­tions were wrong.”

How­ever, the re­gents should not be so eas­ily for­given. As Pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man liked to say: “The buck stops here.” Lead­ers should ac­cept the ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity for their de­ci­sions, both good and bad. The board’s in­de­pen­dent re­view com­mit­tee found dys­func­tion along the chain of com­mand at Col­lege Park, which un­ques­tion­ably led to the death of Jor­dan Mc­Nair. No one in lead­er­ship has faced the con­se­quences for their part in the dys­func­tion, most no­tably, the ath­letic di­rec­tor and univer­sity pres­i­dent.

Pres­i­dent Wal­lace Loh stated he was the ship’s cap­tain who would steer the univer­sity ship ahead through the trou­bled wa­ters. He was at the ship’s wheel when it ran aground. In the Navy, the ship’s cap­tain is re­lieved of com­mand, but not at the Univer­sity of Mary­land.(“Mary­land pres­i­dent Wal­lace Loh sees surge of sup­port amid foot­ball scan­dal. Here’s what lead­ers are say­ing,” Oct. 26). Make no mis­take, the blame for this sor­did mess is shared by all those in lead­er­ship at the Univer­sity of Mary­land. The ques­tion re­mains, will any be held ac­count­able in the end. Re­ar­rang­ing the ship’s deck chairs will only en­sure that dys­func­tion at the Univer­sity of Mary­land con­tin­ues (“UMD’s Loh must go,” Nov. 7).

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