Letters to the Editor

Wrong way to treat UK faculty

As a retired member of the University of Kentucky business school faculty, I am shocked by the Aug. 3 report in the Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal about the alleged abuse of Dr. Raynor Mullins by a UK vice president and the dean and faculty in the College of Dentistry. What is going on here?

A faculty member fired after 40 years of service because he criticized Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to change the state Medicaid program? Such policy analysis by knowledgeable professors is a major part of the job of UK faculty and a major public service to the community. This is true in spite of the presumed support of Bevin’s plans by UK Vice President Mark Birdwhistell. UK is not (yet) a corporation.

I urge UK President Eli Capilouto, the faculty Senate and all UK faculty and staff to support a thorough investigation of Mullins’ claims.

Speaking truth to power has its consequences, but the possibility of such a situation at my university is an embarrassment and must not be allowed to happen if UK is to maintain its high reputation and retain good faculty and students.

Andy Grimes