Community Support For Dr. Wayne Watson Helps Sustain him as President of Chicago State University
by Mark S. Allen
Thanks to those in The Chicago State University (CSU) community, elected officials, religious, business, civic and community leaders, present and former CSU students, and others in the community locally and nationally that showed the strong support for Dr. Wayne Watson, and have his personal and professional legacy processed with dignity. Thanks for beating down those who would dare leak and CONTINUE to leak personnel matters related to Dr. Watson to the press for their own personal reasons but for now, thanks for beating down the premature reports that he was already gone when he is still on the job. Of course there will be more on all sides, but at least now it is a process that I and others hope will be resolved with people having enough respect for each other to talk to each other and not through media leaks.
In just a weeks time Chicago State University board Chairman Gary Rozier, and others have taken the university and community through a roller coaster of totally conflicting announcements regarding the leadership of Dr. Wayne Watson and the stability of the university. The week began with news leaks of how the campus needed new leadership and Dr. Watson being all but gone but ended it up Friday with that being no such thing and President Wayne Watson was still President with a new round of discussions scheduled for this Friday's Board meeting at Chicago State. And even now those damned media leaks CONTINUE to trump what should be personnel matters being discussed so openly in the major media even before the formal board can meet.
Just WHO is control of the Board’s media and personnel matters that delicate internal matters are so “exclusively” given and reported by the media with the local and national community having to react? Who with this kind of PR control at CSU has been given the authority to keep this important Black educator in Dr. Watson and this historic Black CSU institution the ongoing subject of media gossip.? Whenever this matter comes to a close and maybe even now, the CSU Board really needs to review its confidentiality process as it relates to its PR Department and PR process for the deliberate leaking of internal executive matters to the media should not be condoned!
So for now, the next CSU Board meeting is scheduled for Friday, when Board Chairman Rozier said he expects trustees will continue discussing Watson's employment status, but as I stated before the news leaks already HAS the public discussing Dr. Watson’s status foe we woke up this morning to yet ANOTHER “Exclusive” news leak about Dr. Watson’s possible fate long before the official Board meeting is even called to order on Friday. CSU Board Chairman Rozier stated to the press last week that "We think it is important to continue to think about ways to move the university forward," but Rozier should do it at the official meeting and not through ongoing media leaks.