Responsibility – everyone is happy to claim it when things go well, but when things don't go as planned or problems arise – that's when getting someone to accept responsibility becomes difficult.
With the recent release of the forensic audit commissioned by the Governor of Alabama regarding ASU's finances a lot of questions have come up and there are a lot of answers yet unheard. One of reasons, no one wants to accept responsibility – for anything negative. The first reaction when the independent, tax payer funded audit of our state funded Alabama State University was to call out the Governor - immediately deflecting any of the findings back to Governor Bentley claiming the university is "under attack."
Under attack – I'm sorry, but I'm not following the logic on this accusation. The rumor and innuendo following Dr. Silver's sudden and confusing departure after he dared to raise questions, led the Governor (the President of the ASU Board of Trustees) to conduct an independent audit to determine what was fact and what was fiction. The preliminary findings are troubling to say the least, and instead of the leaders of the university stepping up and accepting responsibility for explaining and correcting the issues – they actually are the ones now doing the attacking.
Enough is enough! It's time take what was revealed from the audit and do what is necessary to identify the problems including any questionable practices and correct them…permanently. Immediate and necessary actions that must take place now at ASU are decisions on who can stay and who needs to go and if no one is willing to accept responsibility for what happened – then more should be leaving than staying. That would be the responsible thing to do for the sake of Alabama State University, and the students.
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