To the editor:
With all due respect to my esteemed colleague Emeritus Prof. Grant Goodman (Public Forum, Nov. 1), KU faculty (with a few notable exceptions) are not supine and do not grovel before administrative supervisors at any level from departmental heads to chancellors, or the Legislature, or the public. We do not bow and scrape before our chairs, deans, provosts etc., because we and they are equals before the law and fellow members of the international syndicate known as “academia.”
Nevertheless, when another public servant whose current job is to sit in the Kansas Legislature dares to intimidate Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little in public, to her face, tell her how the university is to be run, threaten her with further reductions in the budget of KU if she does not buckle under and commit the illegal act of attempting to sway justices of the Kansas Supreme Court in their upcoming ruling on public school finance, it is our responsibility to come to her defense.
Here is a case where the ethics committee of state government and, perhaps, a public prosecutor could swing into action. Impeachment is the least of the sanctions that might be meted out to the solon in question.