Perkins' ouster is a tragic loss for Towson U. The...


April 10, 2002

Perkins' ouster is a tragic loss for Towson U.

The resignation of Mark Perkins is nothing less than a tragedy for both the Towson University community and the University System of Maryland as a whole ("Towson U. president steps down," April 9).

This sorry situation should also be an embarrassment to the Board of Regents and to some reporters who thought that they were acting in the spirit of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

The regents have overstepped and sidestepped at the same time. Quite a feat.

Mr. Perkins should still be here, and if heads are to roll the regents have only to look to themselves for candidates.

There have been cost overruns, and that is regrettable, but it is hard to find wrongdoing. And now Towson University has been emasculated by the regents. And no matter who is asked to fill the president's position, the authority of the office will be a shadow of what it could have been.

And who would want the position knowing the regents are likely to act like misguided morons again?

The students, faculty, staff and administrators of Towson University would do well to simply shut the place down until the regents back off.

This community should insist Mr. Perkins be reinstated and supported in his efforts to bring Towson to the forefront of higher education.

James B. Pettit Jr.


State's regents should take the fall

It seems to me the wrong man was forced to fall on his sword for the recent debacle at Towson University ("Towson U. president steps down," April 9). While Mark Perkins was willing to accept responsibility for the gross overspending at the university, the obvious question is, where were Nathan Chapman and the Board of Regents during all this?

If Mr. Chapman was aware of this overspending, he and the rest of the regents were not doing their jobs particularly well. If they were unaware of it, they were not doing their jobs at all.

Either way, Mr. Chapman should be the one leaving the University System of Maryland, not Mr. Perkins.

Betsy Merrill


Board of Regents did the right thing

Congratulations to the Board of Regents. It is gratifying in this day and age to see a government agency actually looking out for the community instead of looking out for its buddies ("Towson U. president steps down," April 9).

Mr. Perkins claims he had only the best interest of the university at heart, but I think he only cares about Mark Perkins. He was not trying to build a university, he was trying to build a kingdom. And he did this, in my opinion, in an unethical manner.

As a parent and a Towson alumnus, I do not think that Mr. Perkins is a good role model. I also think that, with him as president, big givers would have thought twice before donating.

The last question before the regents is what to do with the president's castle.

I think it should be sold, and the next president told that the mansion on the university's grounds would be renovated at a cost not to exceed $400,000. Any money left over after sale of the castle and the renovation of the mansion should be used for the students, who seemed to have been forgotten by Mr. Perkins.

Stephen K. Weiner


Focus on the needs of Towson's students

As a Towson University alumnus (class of 1968), I must wonder what priorities are considered when selecting a university president.

I am not impressed by expensive medals, presidential mansions and other extravagant expenditures as priorities for selecting a university president. I am concerned about what the next president will do to benefit university students.

In selecting the next Towson University president, I hope the Board of Regents will make this a priority.

Rev. Henry C. Thompson III


One-sided coverage forced Perkins out

I am disappointed in The Sun's one-sided coverage of the events leading up to the resignation of Mark Perkins.

I hold The Sun somewhat responsible for fomenting the uproar over the cost of the Guilford house, the inauguration and the medallion. Its so-called investigative journalism was lopsided; where was Mr. Perkins' side of the story? Only after his resignation did you bring that to light.

Cancel my subscription.

Anne Colgan


The writer teaches English as a second language at Towson University.

Free Towson U. from state system

Once again, Maryland's higher education "leadership" gives Towson University the back of its hand ("Towson U. president steps down," April 9). I have watched this crowd and its predecessors treat Towson as an afterthought for the 26 years since I entered the university as a student, but this is the low point.

While I won't defend all of Mark Perkins' spending decisions, none merited dismissal. And after the beating Mr. Perkins took from the board, who will want to replace him?

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