Running a Public Institution Like a Business

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 8, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Booming in the Bust” [News, Aug. 27]: Austin Community College administrators are operating just like the CEOs of big businesses, banks, and insurance companies. They have complicit boards that let them give themselves big raises, spend lots of money on deals they try to keep secret, and shortchange the employees and public they are supposed to serve. Is it a coincidence that the present college president added the “CEO” to his title? So they want to run a public institution like a business? Are taxpayers and students best served if the administrators run a public institution like General Motors, AIG, or Goldman Sachs? Stephen B. Kinslow and Ben Ferrell, with support from board members who have been on the board for too many years, consistently put employees and teachers way down the priority list, since these are the folks who deliver the services to students.
Daniel Traverso
ACC faculty member
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