The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes (2008)

abovethefray
The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Thread Started on Feb 11, 2008, 12:13pm »
Limiting this to ten is a task. Feel free to disagree with my rankings and share “boo boos” that I’ve forgotten.

10. Firing Coach Armstrong. Had a 5-5 record in his first and only season. Dennis Dunn didn’t do that.
9. Raising Tuition, after promising to lower it.
8. Changing chapel requirements.
7. Not allowing Dr. Winbery to teach New Testament Greek on an adjunct basis.
6. Reorganizing departments.
5. Considering the construction of a football complex at this point, with numbers as they are.
4. Firing Nancy Duke.
3. Hiring individuals with no higher ed experience to fill VP slots.
2. Letting Thomas Howell, “Mr. LC himself,” get away.
1. Firing Lori Thames, “the face of Louisiana College,” for more than 20 years.
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bigleague (Steph Mabou)

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #1 on Feb 12, 2008, 2:26am »
forcing the professors to choose between staying and teaching or keeping their benefits

interfering in SGA/other student organizations
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inferno

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #2 on Feb 12, 2008, 2:44am »
11. Forcing out older faculty members (i.e. Dr. Heath) through “retirement program reform.”

-from the lake of fire.
inferno.
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I was not placed upon the grass of this ever-fading earth for a standing ovation and its romance. I was placed for the warning, so heed the warning.

jericho

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #3 on Feb 12, 2008, 9:39am »
Hiring faculty with so few PhDs.
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thepastor

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #4 on Feb 12, 2008, 10:46pm »
Displaying very unChristlike examples and attitudes before a student body who is seeking to find adults to follow who will lead them to Godly living.
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jericho

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« Reply #5 on Feb 13, 2008, 11:22am »
Putting an end, it seems, to the London program and other tradtional international study programs (though it is still used as recruitment on the website).
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pilgrim

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« Reply #6 on Feb 13, 2008, 6:05pm »
Announcing plans to do things they cannot possible do; i.e., law school, football stadium, etc.
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lbcdino

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #7 on Feb 18, 2008, 9:58am »
What about failing to address one of the things students really want? TECHNOLOGY

We are faced with slow Internet connections, and an IT staff that is way too small to even attempt to support LC. It’s not the IT staff’s fault. The fault rests on the shoulders of the administration. They are blinded to what is really needed at LC because they are focused on things that are doomed for failure (law school, football stadium).

This is for the administration . . . You don’t build something or start a new program unless you have money to pay for it and support it. God helps those who help themselves. Throwing your hands up in the air hoping for money is not the correct or the smart way to pay for things.

Oh . . . and there is another sticking point . . . I heard that as a result of the Allied Health Program (AHP) Grant . . . one of the Board of Trustee member’s friends (a young man from Jena and a recent graduate of La Tech.) was awarded a hefty contract to install “state of the art” technology at LC. Seems to me there is a conflict of interest going on. If memory serves me right and my information is correct, the Trustee in question played a key role in getting the AHP grant. She also happens to be a top level administrator at a hospital in Jena. The young man in question happens to be the IT Director for that same hospital.

Well, isn’t that sweet. It was sure a sweet deal for the young man.

I also understand that for the most part, the LC IT department was not included in the discussion or the design of the “state of the art technology.” It was basically crammed down the throat of the IT staff, and they were told to live with it.

This young man in question has designed his own “no-name” computer and has sold a bunch of them to LC as a part of the AHP grant. He has also sold many of “his” computers to LC outside the grant. Want to see what they look like? Go look in the computer lab in Norton Library. Yep . . . those are his. While they may look good and operate a little faster than the older DELL computers, one has to wonder about support. Is this young man going to come from Jena to work on these computers when they break, or is he going to require the LC IT staff to repair them for him?

What happen to the DELL standard that was in place on the LC campus? Did someone in a position of power have a bad experience with a DELL computer? Is that why we went from a reputable company with excellent products and support to an unknown company in Jena selling “no-name” computers?

Does any of this make any sense? Oh . . . pardon me . . . that is the LC way.
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abovethefray

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #8 on Feb 18, 2008, 12:10pm »
lbcdino: What did you eat for breakfast? Perhaps someone peed in your Wheaties. Think I know who.

This alleged information is really no surprise. Just another example of the “Louisiana way.” Sure wish Bobby Jindal’s ethics reform applied to Louisiana Baptist life, in particular LC.

If these recent stories are true, then I can believe that the wheels are about to come off of our beloved college. Are you sweating Mr. President? You veeps knocking down 85k+ a year? You better be.

This site is picking up hits, again. People all over Cenla are beginning to question the direction of LC; they, even those in the healthcare field-the people with coins, are beginning to put two and two together.

LSUA is growing, becoming reputable. In August, they will have a BSN. Before long, a BS in Criminal Justice, History and Business Admin., all for thousands less than LC. Plus, at LSUA, you can be a Christian without being exposed to or grouped in with the fundamentalistic and Calvinistic scholars that comprise much of the LC faculty.
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lbcdino

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #9 on Feb 18, 2008, 1:03pm »
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many “coins” are actually falling into LC’s cofers? I remember when the administration used to let everyone know how well the College was doing financially. I remember when banners used to hang off the second floor of Alexandria Hall indicating by how much the College exceeded its fund-raising goals.

Those were the days.

One can hope that we are bringing in money by the truck loads, but I don’t really think that is the case. I know what it is. LC has lots of money, but it is playing the “poor mouth” role in order to get even more money.

Is LC even running a fund-raising campaign? Last I heard, there was a campaign going, but it was being held quietly. The administration was not going to make a big deal about it. Excuse me and let me show my ignorance, but how do you run a campaign to raise money for the school without making it known?

Someone please correct me and let me know if there is a fund-raising campaign actively going that the public actually knows about. Has any information been printed and distributed? Have public appeals been made in the media? Do we really think that appearances by Barbara Bush and Bobby Bowden are going to raise the funds necessary to support the College? Didn’t the funds “raised” by the Bobby Bowden appearance supposedly go to support the football team?

I think the administration needs to take a hard look at LC and its legitimate needs. I think the administration needs to focus on those needs and raise the funds necessary to support those needs instead of taking on new projects and tasks. By the way, those needs include the people who actually do the work of the college (faculty and staff) in addition to the buildings.
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abovethefray

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #10 on Feb 18, 2008, 2:04pm »
Approximately ten years ago, when I was a student at LC, the school could claim that it had better student services than our state schools. For example, the internet access (for the time) was better than what students at NSU had access to, and the dorms were clean and well kept.

At this point, LC is lagging behind. While Lee built College Drive, he nor the current chief has expanded/completed that project. Tudor and Cottingham are old, both dating to the 40s and 50s. I’m not even gonna comment on E.V. State schools now offer state of the art housing facilities, with amenities such as kitchenettes and in-room restrooms. The internet is lethargic. Most state schools have wi-fi. LC’s “turtle speed” can’t compare.

Here’s the bottom line (Listen up administration!): John College Student ain’t gonna pay twice the price for inferior living facilities. Neither will Jane College Student. I know this may be hard to swallow, but it’s the truth.

If institutional advancement were wise, they’d let football worry about the stadium. I.A. needs to be raising money for a new men’s dorm and another building on the College Drive lot.
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abovethefray

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« Reply #11 on Feb 18, 2008, 2:29pm »
Let me give a little more advice since I’m “snowed in.” I should charge for this advice, but it’s free. *Administration: Quit worrying about Christmas programs and the Bushes and pie in the sky law schools and stadiums. Guys, work on your short game. Leading a college is like playing golf. If you improve your short game, you’ll improve your overall game. Get focused on what your students want and need. (Q, these chapel requirements are too much to ask. It was a fine policy before.)

1. Begin a financial campaign for new dorms. Don’t be afraid to finance the bulk of the cost. Trust me, dorms are a better investment than a law school at this point. 2. Get wi-fi. 3. Hire a dean of students who cares about the students, who will use his or her position to develop young people who will contribute to society. Heck, repent and ask Lori Thames to come back. That would go a long way in ushering in campus revival. Repentance will do that, Mr. President. 4. Get a real director of security. My friend tells me that the campus ain’t as safe as she used to be. Some girl’s car was stolen last spring. 5. Develop an honors program; you’ve taken your smarties for granted for three and a half years. Now, they aren’t coming to LC in big numbers anymore.

I truly believe that a refocus on the little things, the little people, i.e. the students, is the key to righting the direction of our beloved college. Mr. President, we alums will support you in heeding this advice. We’re crying out, “Save Our School!” Please act quickly.

I hope my fresh but far away eyes can help steer LC in the right direction.
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jericho

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #12 on Feb 19, 2008, 8:04am »
If they want to really repent and give themselves legitimacy once again, have them not only bring back Lori Thames but Thomas Howell as well. Can you imagine the great PR that would bring? And Make him the academic VP to insure integrity and make academics a real priority once again. (Would probably revive the pre-law program as well.)
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lbcdino

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #13 on Feb 19, 2008, 8:45am »
Back in the Rory Lee days, the original plan for the lot where College Drive Apartments is located was to build 4 separate dormitory buildings with a quad in the middle. I seem to recal there was to be either a fountain or some other ornamental object in the center of the quad. The drawings looked nice, and there was a lot of excitement. As most everything goes at LC the administration took credit for a wonderful idea, and it went no farther. The first building was built which satisfied a need for additional space at the time. The remaining buildings were supposed to “replace” the beds in EV, and EV was going to be torn down. As we all know, the remaining three buildings were never built, and EV is still standing to some degree. I suspect EV will remain standing until it collapses due to neglect.

In case residents of EV don’t know, there is black mold on the ceiling especially on the second floor. In some places it is pretty obvious. In other places its not so obvious. Is that why the girls were moved out of EV? Are guys supposed to be stronger and more immune to the mold problem than girls? Is this a form of discrimination or abuse? Have the residents of EV made KB Thomas and the rest of the Student Development gang aware of this? I ask because I doubt they are going to make an effort to go look for themselves.

Don’t hold your breath about Thomas Howell or Lori Thames coming back any time soon. I have it on good authority that both are thoroughly disgusted with the current environment at LC. Neither would come back to LC the way it is now. Unfortunately, this is the sentiment of a majority of the professors who left. Guys and gals, the days of the “good old LC” (pre-pres. Joe) are gone for a long, long time.

Is it possible for LC to ever regain the prestige it once had? I guess, but it would take getting rid of pres. Joe and his band of merry men and woman. The problem with replacing “the gang” is that with the current the LBC politically aligned the way it is, it would replace Joe with someone as bad or worse. Change has to start at the top. Once the LBC gets right, then LC can begin the slow and painful task of regaining what it lost. Remember, it took 40-50 years for the LBC to become what it has become. Need I say more. I doubt we will be around to see the day when LC regains its former stature.

Sorry to be a wet blanket, but “the truth hurts.”
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jericho

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #14 on Feb 19, 2008, 9:12am »
Well, then, how does change at the top get made; ie with the LBC?
And, in spite of the politics, shouldn’t more students, say recent graduates, tell the public what they really know about LC; about what’s really going on behind the scenes?

pilgrim

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #15 on Feb 19, 2008, 11:08am »
Jericho, unfortunately there are not enough people who care enough to do enough to make the changes to which you refer. In my opinion, the whole structure will have to collapse in on itself before there is a real opportunity for change. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I do believe that JA’s leadership will self-destruct, but a previous poster was correct when he stated that the Board would appoint someone equally bad, or worse, to replace him.
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jericho

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« Reply #16 on Feb 19, 2008, 11:14am »
Pilgrim, who would you envision the next possible President being for the college?
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abovethefray

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #17 on Feb 19, 2008, 11:26am »
lbcdino is correct. The trouble is bigger than the administration. The whole convention stinks. The LBC Executive Director has made it clear that he supports LC. He’s thrilled with the changes. Said they’ve been a long time coming, and that things will “level off.” Perhaps, by “leveling off,” he means tall grass and a “for sale” sign in front of the campus.

It only required the actions of a few to cause the flux at LC. One well-known convention president who lives and pastors near Pineville oversaw the hiring of both Hankins and Aguillard in his tenure. Thanks, pal. His two years will go down as two very crucial years in the life of LC.

I’m not much on noting people as stupid, because I think it is much more appropriate to debate issues. That being said, I’m beginning to question the intellectual capacities of some of the most prominent and powerful Louisiana Baptists. I think you guys are about a Stage 3, according to James Fowler. What’s worse is that you’re teaching (or ensuring that students will be taught be persons of your ideology) the students at LC to become nothing more than an “us v. them” Christian. What a shame!!!
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jericho

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« Reply #18 on Feb 19, 2008, 11:56am »
You know you’ll be labeled a “heathern” for mentioning Fowler. Wasn’t that the material from Values study? 😉
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lbcdino

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #19 on Feb 20, 2008, 10:41am »
abovethefray: I am sure you are aware that not only does the LBC Executive Director support LC, but he also made sure that the Exec. Director’s position now has a voting seat on the LC Board of Trustees.

A significant problem with the convention is that the people who could cast the votes and make the necessary changes are so disgusted with the convention that they don’t even want to go to the convention and vote. They don’t want to deal with the wrangling, arguing, and bickering that goes on. They don’t feel there is any real need or benefit to taking the time to attend the convention.

Why go and listen to this “holier than thou” garbage and listen to people put other people up on pedestals? People have better things to do with their time.

If I am wrong, then I am sorry, but at this point I think I am right.

There are enough pastors in churches in Louisiana who know what is going on at LC, who know that LC is heading down the wrong road, and who know that the right thing to do is to start cleaning house at the top. All of these pastors need to band together and do the right thing. Unfortunately, it could have adverse affects on them, because those now in power are sorry enough to “hurt” those trying to do the right thing. If the pastors would band together, then their congregations would also band together, and we would have the groundswell of support needed to make real change. Until this happens, we are stuck with what we’ve got, and LC will continue to suffer.

Sorry to throw another “wet blanket.”
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abovethefray

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« Reply #20 on Feb 20, 2008, 11:18am »
Yeah, you’re right. The annual convention is basically a bunch of old men and young wannabes worshipping the Bible, coming up with new “I words,” like immutable. Immutable? What? The Bible can’t be shut up? I’m convinced that a confessed belief in innerrancy is all it takes to ascend to the top in Louisiana Baptist Life. I’m glad I never have to go again.

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jericho

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #21 on Feb 20, 2008, 11:30am »
But there HAS to be someone; some strong, decent preacher, willing to take a stand and begin a counterrevolution in the LBC. The preachers in Louisiana owe it to those students to do the right thing and bring true academics and academic integrity back to LC.
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lbcdino

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #22 on Feb 20, 2008, 11:55am »
I am sure there is a “strong, decent preacher, willing to take a stand,” but do they want to sacrifice what they have in order to begin a counterrevolution? A strong preacher would have to do a lot of soul searching before they even consider facing the giant (LBC).

We think government politics is bad? There is no telling how bad it would get if a “decent preacher” entered the LBC political arena. There is no telling how much “political mud” those in power would sling (and manufacture to sling), and believe me, it would happen. How do you think the current crew go into power? Their power grab did not happen overnight either. It took years and years.
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thepastor

Re: The Administration’s Top Ten Mistakes
« Reply #23 on Mar 4, 2008, 1:19pm »
If one does, he’ll be excommunicated in the sense he’ll never be able to serve on ANY state committee. They also have the power to block you from going to a church in the state. Obviously God is bigger, but most pastors have a family to think about. If they are in a church, then that church runs the risk of being labeled a libby church.

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