*From one full professor's point of view
at the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi*
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Herein is evidence that USM Foundation’s “booze accounts” are common knowledge and USM administrators are spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to keep the details secret. Herein is also evidence of the absurdity of their position. Certainly the Foundation provides anecdotal accountability for some expenditures. See, for example, pictures of student recipients of McCarty scholarships appearing in USM publications like “The Foundation & Alumni Association Advancement Report.” Accountability, nevertheless, is not forthcoming in detail. At profit-oriented organizations, the magnitude of accounts is all too often the secret that gives the surprise. For example, the existence of pension debt before corporations were required to provide detailed disclosure was well known. The magnitude was the surprise but the consequences will be felt by stakeholders for decades. For secret USM Foundation expenditures, like Dean Doty’s “booze account,” the magnitude, not their existence, will be the unpleasant surprise for USM stakeholders--donors, students, faculty, among others.
Chauncey M. DePree, Jr.
I had heard from a former administrator at USM, who asked for anonymity, that a previous provost told him he favored using Foundation money because he, the provost, didn't have to account for its use. My habit is not to publish hearsay but to quote from reliable sources supported by documentation. I waited for a high USM administrative officer, like Dean Doty, to announce the same thing in public.
Dean Doty, in the course of a job interview, casually announced, as if it were common and accepted knowledge that "Foundation dollars, that's when I take my money out of my booze account, I can pretty much do anything I want with it." (Week 2).
D. Harold Doty, Dean, College of Business, University of Southern Mississippi
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