I graduated from the University of Missouri with both an undergraduate and M.D. degree.
My sister and one of my three daughters have undergraduate degrees from Mizzou, and another daughter graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
I have supported the university and schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine with cash donations and gifting provisions in my will.
However, upon reading today (Feb. 27) that the vote of the University of Missouri Board of Curators to dismiss Ms. Melissa Click was just 4-2, I am more convinced than ever that the university’s governance needs a complete overhaul.
As if the curators' response of complete capitulation to the threats of radical students, faculty and football team members wasn't bad enough, their lack of unity as to the proper future course of action is even more disheartening.
Any curator with even a rudimentary understanding of the true purpose of a university who did not vote for Ms. Click’s dismissal is, ipso facto, unqualified to hold the position.
As a thoroughly disgusted alumnus, I have changed the terms of my will to eliminate gifting to the university. In addition, I do not intend to honor the pledges of financial support I have made until such time as the Board of Curators produces a unanimous statement of support for traditional university values and a rational plan for reining in or terminating maverick faculty members.
Eliminating the newly created and idiotic position of chief of diversity, inclusion and equity officer would be another step in the right direction.
I call on all other Mizzou alumni to join me in taking these actions to force the restoration of what was once a respected institution of higher learning.
Ronald A. Hellstern, M.D., lives in Colleyville, Texas.