It is with absolute conviction that I urge the Baylor University Board of Regents to call a vote of No Confidence, and request the immediate resignations of regents Carl Bell, Mary Chavanne-Martin, Toby
Druin, Jaclanel McFarland, and John G. Wilkerson.
These five individuals are undermining fellow members of the Board of Regents and our current president, and chief executive officer, Robert B. Sloan Jr.
In a recent letter sent from these five individuals, there is mention of reviewing issues “at a superficial level.” The Board of Regents serves as the backbone to the body of Baylor University. Current and former students desire members of the Board to handle issues beyond a superficial level. I believe the letter sent by these five, is in itself superficial, lacking credibility or merit, and should be handled in such a way.
It is important that the Board position itself to fully support President Sloan once the board has agreed on a direction for the University.
They also state that a major step in the process of healing would be “a
change of leadership at the top.” Perhaps I am incorrect, but the Board of Regents is “at the top.” If Bell, Chavanne-Martin, Druin, McFarland, and Wilkerson are adamant about a change, then the first step should include the tendering of their resignation, or a vote for the relinquishment of their duties.
Almost two years ago, the Board unanimously approved Vision 2012, and more recently reaffirmed the vote in July 2003. If there are issues with Vision 2012, the entire Board of Regents should take some responsibility with those challenges at hand. Keep in mind that President Sloan cannot approve and implement Vision 2012 without the Board of Regents support.
The integrity of Carl Bell, Mary Chavanne-Martin, Toby Druin, Jaclanel McFarland, and John G. Wilkerson is in question. If these five members cannot stand by the board’s initial decision and affirm support for Vision 2012 and President Sloan’s efforts to fulfill that mandate, it is clear that the only solution is a call for their immediate resignation.