Archive for Tuesday, May 19, 2009

KTEC self-defense

KTEC board members have little choice but to defend the actions of their CEO.

May 19, 2009


The headline in Friday’s Journal-World read, “KTEC board clears CEO.” The story said, “On Thursday, the KTEC (Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.) executive committee issued a news release, saying recent accusations made against KTEC’s CEO, Tracy Taylor, were ‘baseless.’”

Is this any surprise?

KTEC’s executive committee members almost had to defend Taylor and his actions — although they hardly are unbiased judges. Their defense of Taylor was a means of defending their own actions and attention to details as well as their oversight and approval of Taylor’s leadership.

A phone call to KTEC to confirm the members of the executive committee was not returned last week, but the members listed in the agency’s 2008 annual report were: Linda Reinhardt, board chairwoman, Erie; Doug Brush, vice chairman, Downs; David Brant, Wichita; Robert Murdock, Hutchinson; and Ted Haggart, Lawrence. According to the KTEC Web site, Kyle Elliott of Kansas City, Kan., has since replaced Brush as the board’s vice chairman and presumably replaced him on the executive committee.

Taylor’s job and his salary — as well as the future of KTEC as a separate agency — hang in the balance because both former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Gov. Mark Parkinson have indicated concerns about the management and leadership of Taylor and the accomplishments of KTEC.

The state budget that includes $7 million in funding for KTEC has not yet been signed. It’s no wonder KTEC board members are rising to defend the actions of their CEO, as well as themselves.


LloydDobbler 8 years, 11 months ago

No, they actually do have a choice. Holding people accountable is the job of the board of directors of any organization. That's part of the reason why our country is in its current shape...too many lazy or incompetent board members overseeing even lazier, more incompetent, or self-serving general managers.

Boards not only have a choice but an obligation to hold executives accountable. It's time for a major house cleaning across the board.

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