I feel like an accepted member of Southern Illinois society now that I have been told Walt is a "gem". :)
At 7:01 AM, Anonymous saidÃ…
As someone who is familiar with Dr Wendler and the ethical and moral stands he takes, it is plainly obvious as to why he seems to be constantly under attack. SIU as a university has a certain reputation, and it hasn't really been a reputation for high moral standards. Dr. Wendler has quite likely put some of the higher ups in an uncomfortable position as it became clear that he didn't follow the same moral standards in his personal life. These allegations need to be put to rest immediately, and those who seek to bring down Dr. Wendler should take off their blinders and recognize the gem that SIU has.
Doug,Doug, Doug, you don't get it. It may matter once you are dead if you live your life to the highest moral standards, but I thought it was God's job to judge people and not yours or Uncle Walt's? No one above Uncle Walt in the pecking order is giving him a hard time compared to his results. In a real company he would have been fired years ago.
The problem isn't Walt's morals as they relate to the 10 commandments and Bible. Wendler's problem is his performance in his job is bad. He is hurting the university that he is paid to help. He doesn't have a clue about how to fix any real issues, so he is going to build a few buildings and fail as the leader of SIUC. I'm going to give you that he has a tough job, but he is paid the big bucks to succeed anyway.
Let's go over the marketing to new students issues. SIUC is the worst university in the state and I think it is fair to say the country at attracting students. The don't have a PR budget, they don't have marketing collateral, they don't have recruiters, they have a declining enrollment that has been going on for years. Since students are 95% of the money coming into SIU, having their numbers decline is a really bad thing. When was Uncle Walt going to start working on this problem? Where was the sense of urgency? The analysis of the problems and movement on fixing it? This is a complete failure of his management team.
Mark my words, in 10 years Wendler will be remembered as one of the worst, if not the worst chancellor in the history of the SIU system. He just doesn't get what higher education is about and he is blowing SIUC apart through his incompetence.
Doug - I know he would be a great neighbor, but he is bad at his job. If Walt loved SIU, he would step down and save the university from having to fire him.