MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Murray State University has released a report that the school's board of regents reviewed before deciding not to renew the contract of President Randy Dunn.
The board's action has stirred controversy because there was no public discussion of the reasons that Dunn's contract wasn't renewed and some regents gathered the night before the meeting at a social event and discussed university business.
The document released Thursday shows that the university's academic standing had fallen since Dunn took over leadership and enrollment at most of the regional campuses had fallen. The report also noted that Dunn's relationship with the board of regents had deteriorated, especially over the last year.
The report did not give a recommendation on whether Dunn's contract should be renewed.
Faculty Regent Jack Rose, who voted to renew Dunn's contract, resigned from his position after the March 15 vote, saying he thought things should have been handled differently.
"It surprised me that the whole board never discussed the report and the whole board didn't sit down and talk with Dr. Dunn in reference to his future employment," Rose said, noting that he's never had a problem in his dealings with Dunn.
"My interactions with Dr. Dunn have been very good," he said. "Any time I've asked to speak with him on any subject he's responded as quick as possible. I have to believe he would honor every board member the same way."
The report said the university had dropped in at least three academic rankings, including moving from 322 to 547 in "America's Best Colleges." It also noted that enrollment at regional campuses in Henderson, Hopkinsville and Paducah had dropped in the six years that Dunn has led the university. A campus in Madisonville, however, saw a 29 percent increase in that time period.
The report also noted that Dunn's working relationship with regents remained below the desired level.
"It is the judgment of the Ad Hoc Committee that this relationship has not improved, but rather has been further evidence of erosion," the report states. "Over the past year the president's relationship with the board of regents has moved from insensitivity to disrespect."
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com