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UB Search Committee to Alumni: No Questions, Please

Just returned from the Presidential Search Campus Listening Session: Downtown Campus. Nineteen people in attendance, including three from the Presidential Search Committee—A. Scott Weber, John M. Canty Jr., and H. Austin Booth. A few professors, Kate Foster from the UB Regional Institute. It was over in 35 minutes.

UB spokesperson John Della Contrada told me as I went in that I couldn’t ask any questions. No questions from the press. Just faculty, staff, and students. “Alumni aren’t allowed to ask questions?” I asked. “Not at this one,” he replied. He wasn’t sure what the policy would be for the next two, scheduled for Monday, (11/1) and Wednesday (11/3).

So how do you like that, my fellow UB alums? We’re not even welcome in the process of selecting the next university president.

Isn’t that something to keep in mind next time you open your mail or answer your phone to find the alma mater asking you for money?