by Max Brantley
Dr. Welch and I are both off today. No announcement of anything today. Inappropriate to comment on rumors or speculation.Two things: 1) That isn't a no. 2) ASU System President Charles Welch gave me a similar comment when I asked him some years ago whether Jeff Hankins was in line to be appointed to the job that he soon would land.
I'm not sure who your sources are, but they are 100% inaccurate. Les Wyatt will not be interim chancellor and never was under consideration. Hope that is direct enough for you.There was understandably high interest on campus because Wyatt would have packed a little history relevant to the current times. He for the longest wouldn't respond to conflict of interest questions raised about his relationship with an on-line education company that listed ASU as a client. It was a cause of concern among many on the faculty, though the Board of Trustees never expressed concern. He ultimately did give us an e-mail response.
I would also point out that no one knows what my plans are regarding the interim. I have not discussed my options with a single person, so whoever is telling you things is simply making it up.
I am not going to comment on any other names that are floated or made up "news" that is reported.
According to audit findings, "[t]he Chancellor endorsed Pablo's employment with a company doing business with ASU, involved him in fact-finding with a company potentially doing business with ASUJ, and eventually hired Pablo to work for ASUJ throughout the years 2013 through 2016."Dr. Lynita Cooksey, previously ASU provost, has been acting chancellor.
In 2013, Tim Hudson asked the CEO of Academic Partnerships in Dallas to hire Pablo Rubio to do consulting services at the Jonesboro campus. The Hudsons hosted a dinner with the company's CEO and Pablo Rubio listed as two of 11 guests, the audit said.
"I recommend that AP seek a short term consulting relationship with Pablo Rubio, who we both now know and who is generally open to this idea, to abet this process," Tim Hudson wrote in a later email to the company's CEO. "Arkansas State can offer some in-kind assistance if you choose to make this investment."