Donor attacks President, praises Faculty Senate

3/6/2011: POCATELLO —One of Idaho State University’s major financial donors has some harsh words for both ISU President Arthur Vailas and the State Board of Education about the escalating turmoil on campus.

    “The president is not there to be supported entirely by students and by faculty,” said James E. Rogers, the owner of Intermountain West Communications, which operates KPVI-Channel 6 in Pocatello. “The president is there to support the faculty and support the students because, as we all know, your end product is not great presidents, your (end) product is great graduates.”    …

    In giving his opinion on Wednesday, Rogers praised the importance of the Faculty Senate, taking Vailas to task for an ugly climate at the university that has included an overwhelming vote of no confidence by the faculty against the university president last month. ISU students will hold their own confidence vote on Vailas March 30-31. …

    Rogers also spoke about the important role a faculty senate can play in university governance, saying all the faculty senates he has seen in years’ past have typically been held in high regard by their respective university presidents.

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