Dear Willard College Warm and Supportive Community,
Early this morning three faculty were arrested by Campus Public Safety and charged with looting student dorm rooms. Since closing the campus last week and sending remaining students home, the dorms have been empty. Sadly, three faculty members, including a Criminal Justice professor, decided to take advantage of the empty campus to enrich themselves. The three faculty are currently in detention in the Lombroso Center awaiting a judicial review and summary termination of their contracts.
Please, we must stick together during these difficult times. We understand that the freeze on pay and benefits has been difficult for faculty and staff, but know that administration’s decision-making is guided by a concern for your best interests. Always.
Sincerely, President Henry Cotton
Dear CFO Art Madoff and Director of Public Safety, Gerald Ham,
I hope this note finds you and your families well. Cheryl Tina Faye and I continue to social distance and remote administer Willard College from our beach home in Costa del Tuyu. There have been some questions recently about whether all of the college facilities are at present fully insured. Are they? Are there any caveats in terms of coverage, especially concerning fire damage? How does the insurance company determine the point where a building is not salvageable and the College would receive the insurance payout? Are any of the buildings not on automatic sprinklers?
I’m just asking because it seems like during a crisis some of these basic questions might not get asked.
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Dear Senior Leadership Team,
I wanted to report back out from last night’s Crisis Response Subcommittee meeting. You’ll recall that the Subcommittee is composed of members of the Senior Leadership Team. After a robust and purposeful and mindful discussion, facilitated by Cheryl Tina Faye Cotton (kudos!), they developed what I think is a firm, rational, and fair response to the ongoing enrollment apocalypse that we are facing from now until 2025. Critical to their work is the French legal concept “Sauve Qui Peut.”
Over the next week, the Crisis Response Action Subcommittee will review the Crisis Response Subcommittee’s recommendation and bring to my desk the specific recommendations but I wanted to share some preliminary suggestions.
- Senior Leadership is vital to the operation of Willard College
- Replacing Senior Leadership post-crisis would present undue financial burden on College
- Fiduciary Responsibility Lies with Senior Leadership Team’s Executive Council
- Faculty and Staff Positions are Fungible; Senior Leadership Positions are Afungible
- Senior Leadership Salary Reductions (proposed by disgruntled faculty) will lead to loss of Senior Leadership talent pool
In the next week, specific policies will be announced
Sincerely, and with heartfelt thanks, President Cotton and Dean of Students, Cheryl Tina Faye Cotton