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Daily News: WSU Prez Search Omitted Public

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The search for Washington State University’s new president couldn’t have been more secretive if the CIA had conducted it. Elson S. Floyd was named successor to retiring WSU President V. Lane Rawlins on Wednesday, ending a hiring process that omitted any form of interaction from anyone outside the search committee and the Board of Regents. That’s not exactly what we’d expect from a public institution that trumpets its “face to face” qualities. WSU has effectively removed any second-guessing in regard to Floyd’s hiring, if only because the public wasn’t made aware of who the second and third — or any other — choices were. In effect, Floyd’s appointment seemed more like a coronation — Doug Bauer, Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

DFO: The editorial goes on to point out that WSU Regents and a previous search committee did things similarly when V. Lane Rawlins was hired. Obviously, those in positions of power at WSU have a contempt for the public process.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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