Cal U’s football problems
The California University of Pennsylvania football program has obvious, serious problems. The reported suggestion that interim Cal U President Geraldine Jones was wrong to cancel the game against Gannon is, in my opinion, absolutely wrong.
The first obligation of Cal U and its administration must be to the students. A clear message had to be sent to all, especially the football team, that something very wrong allegedly took place that will not be tolerated.
Permitting the team to practice and play the following weekend would have diluted any words of condemnation.
It has also been suggested that the study of the football program is a mere “dog and pony show.” It might not be the action desired, but is exactly the right action by an interim president, who prepares the school for various changes that a fully commissioned president may make. Serious changes in a university’s culture and actions should only be made by a person who expects to be around to manage the consequences.
The problem is that Ms. Jones has done such a good job and been retained as acting president and interim president for so long that she is expected to act like a president with a full commission.
The remedy for this problem is for the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors to admit Cal U needs a “real” president but is not ready for more change. Very simply, Jones should be fully commissioned as the “real” president.
B. Kirk Holman
The writer, a former California University of Pennsylvania student, and his family have funded or endowed scholarships there; he is the father of a Cal U alumnus and his mother was a Cal U professor.