When you live in a world where everything can be bought and sold - elections, prestige, influence and access - it's easy to think you can also buy control over your very own curriculum at a major university. That's what Art Pope seemed to be trying to do with UNC earlier this year . . . and the same sad saga is apparently unfolding at NC State right now. Bob Geary, writing at the Independent has the latest.
N.C. State considers Pope money
Faculty objects, calling foundation funding tainted by conservative agenda
When Toby Parcel, the dean of NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, read that the conservative John William Pope Foundation and UNC-Chapel Hill were splitsville on that Pope-funded "western cultures curriculum" idea, and that Pope might give its money to "other universities" instead, she did what any fund-raising dean would do, right? She got a meeting with Art Pope, who heads the foundation and myriad political causes besides.
So here was her question: "Are there conditions under which we might apply to the Pope Foundation?" To which most of the three dozen faculty members who attended, and spoke, said: "No."
Their reason: The Pope-funded Center for Higher Education, and its anti-academic, anti-intellectual agenda, and its close relation, the Pope-funded John Locke Foundation.
Bob Geary has been great in his coverage of the Art Pope's his higher education think tanks, so you should definitely go read the whole story. It includes some great quotes from NSCU faculty. Truly inspiring.
I wonder how it must feel when the faculty at the two top public universities in North Carolina don't want your hand-outs because they come with too many strings? I guess that's your lot in life when you're the Puppetmaster.