How to Botch Things Up 101
by Buck Quigley - posted 12:39 pm, September 10, 2010
Today the UB Spectrum publishes this interview with outgoing SUNYAB president John Simpson. In it Simpson says, “Some parts of the local media have tried to put words in my mouth, saying that I quit because I didn’t like what the legislature did. To think that New York drove me out because I’m disappointed or angry is simply not the case.”
Gee, I wonder where the media, including UB’s own publications and radio station, got such an idea? Could it have been from Simpson’s prepared statement/retirement speech? “I would be less than forthright not to note that this difficult decision has been made somewhat easier by Albany’s failure to give UB and SUNY the policy tools and stable support needed to fully achieve this university’s great potential.”
That line was quoted in the UB Reporter, and the sentiment echoed in the UB Spectrum two days after his retirement was announced. From there, every media outlet in town, but one, took to repeating the same party line—to the delight of UB 2020 supporters, who could then refocus their anger on Albany and downstate NY.
With yesterday’s announcement that Scott Nostaja is (sort of) withdrawing his name from the running (for now) for the interim president position, it’s interesting to witness the whole awkward episode unfold.
How is it that eleven days after you resign, you find yourself in a position where you have to explain your resignation all over again? And this time, you’re not pointing fingers at Albany, you’re pointing fingers at the media, whose big mistake was only in repeating your own press release?
I mean, why come out now and say you were planning on quitting months ago? Why not say that right from the start? It’s the truth, right? That’s what you’re telling us today, right?
John Simpson: The guy doesn’t know how to quit. Really. He simply doesn’t know how to quit.