When Chancellor Rosenstone announced that MnSCU and the IFO were heading to mediation with the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution, he did it as a political stunt. I wrote about that aspect of Rosenstone’s stunt in this post. People can and will write that off as a dispute between adversaries. That isn’t accurate, though, because that’s an oversimplification of what happened.

What happened is that Chancellor Rosenstone was so totally intent on implementing his Charting the Future initiative that he was willing to do anything to make it happen. If that took belittling students to make it happen, that’s what he’d do. If you think that’s hyperbole, it isn’t:

Kari Cooper, president of the Minnesota State University Student Association, said Rosenstone and a campus president attacked her suggestions and questioned her leadership at a recent meeting. “I left that meeting in tears,” she said. “I wasn’t going to sit there as a student and be talked to like that from people who are supposed to be supporting me and supposed to be collaborating with me.”

FYI- It’s been confirmed that the “campus president” at that meeting was SCSU President Earl Potter. That incident triggered the Winona State University Student Senate to jump into that part of the Rosenstone fiasco:

To whom it may concern,

On November 5th, the Winona State University Student Senate (WSUSS) passed a Bill of Particulars regarding Chancellor Rosenstone.

The WSUSS does not take lightly the decision to present this Bill to the Chancellor and to The Board of Trustees. The Bill of Particulars addresses the performance, professionalism, and accountability of Chancellor Rosenstone. Many concerns listed in the Bill are not new and have been brought up by several different stake holder groups over the course of the last year; it is the hope of the Winona State student body that Chancellor Rosenstone addresses these concerns in a timely manner.

The WSUSS is currently considering a Vote of No Confidence in the Chancellor’s leadership but wanted to make these issues known before taking any additional action.

Sincerely,

WSUSS President Jessica Hepinstall and V.P. Edward Conlin

That’s just their letter. Here’s Chancellor Rosenstone’s dishonest response:

“I take very seriously the concerns raised by the Winona State University Student Senate and hope to meet in person as soon as possible to discuss them. We have reached out to the Winona student leadership. I would welcome the opportunity to personally meet with any of our student groups to discuss any topic at any time.”

That’s a dishonest statement. Dr. Rosenstone isn’t interested in collaboration. That’s a major reason why Faculty Senate representatives at 5 universities have conducted votes of no confidence in Chancellor Rosenstone.

Verification will follow in Part III of this original reporting series.

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2 Responses to “Rosenstone’s terrible week, Part II”

  • Crimson Trace says:

    Reminds me of the captain of the Titanic after hitting the iceberg. Did he say “change is hard” to his crew and passengers?

  • Nick says:

    Why not copy the University of Michigan whose regents are ELECTED by the public?!!! I have a photo of a UM regents campaign sign from this fall. If Potter were president of the University of Michigan and he ended homecoming, the students at UM would have destroyed his house by now.

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