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Published October 14, 2009, 08:36 AM

Mixed feelings on President resignation from NDSU faculty

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The faculty President of the University Senate believes Chapman’s resignation is warranted. Mark Meister says he's disappointed with how money was spent. He says he's shocked but thinks it would be hard for Chapman to stay on board with all the controversy.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The faculty President of the University Senate believes Chapman’s resignation is warranted. Mark Meister says he's disappointed with how money was spent. He says he's shocked but thinks it would be hard for Chapman to stay on board with all the controversy.

“We need to focus on what he's done in his 10 years here and he did a lot of great things and certainly had a theme of students are paramount. As a faculty member I wish at times he would've said faculty were more paramount.”

Meister says the level of hierarchy isn't distinct enough when it comes to faculty. One example, most major universities have a faculty Senate, NDSU does not.

The unknown question, why didn't President Chapman address these issues that brought him down earlier? In the working world, there is something called crisis public relations.

Ironically, NDSU hosts a respected communication department that teaches and specializes in just that. Dr. Robert Littlefield is known around the country for his expertise in crisis public relations. How quickly corporations and institutions respond to bad publicity.

“Sometimes in a crisis is when you don't have that voice that really provides the media wants to hear that the media will go to where ever it can to find information that it thinks the public wants and so if the media controls the narrative that is coming out about the crisis it can go anywhere and it can be based on info that may or may not be true.”

Littlefield is researching and writing a book about crisis incidents in the food industry recently.

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