Overhauling Our Boards of Trustees


John Zipp, the president of the AAUP chapter at the University of Akron, recently contributed an op-ed, titled “University Board Selection Process Needs Shake-Up,” to the Columbus Dispatch.

After opening with a range of examples of how the Boards of Trustees of Ohio’s public universities have recently made ill-considered decisions–often despite very vocal concerns expressed by faculty and students–Zipp presents several proposals for overhauling the appointment process for those Boards of Trustees:

“Trustees are well-meaning individuals who commit a considerable amount of time and energy to our institutions, but the current system of selecting them is not serving Ohio well. On Nov. 3, Ohio voters approved the creation of a bipartisan redistricting commission to replace what has now become widely seen as one of the most extremely partisan redistricting processes in the nation. The same problem is true with regard to the selection process for the boards of trustees…

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