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

Lexington

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