A couple of more letters about the N.C. State University situation that didn't make it into the paper:
With the media spotlight focused on regrettable events involving a handful of high-level administrators, it is easy to lose sight of what the other 99+ percent of us are doing at N.C. State, “the people's university." Among the UNC system universities, N.C. State is unique in its mix of education, research, extension and engagement, which reaches all 100 counties of this state.
With an enrollment of nearly 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students (the largest in the UNC system), N.C. State is integral to our economic recovery. During times of economic downturn, even more North Carolinians turn to N.C. State for a professionally oriented and well-rounded education, or for advice from top researchers and extension specialists on how to improve the economic and technical competitiveness of their businesses.
The entrepreneurship of N.C. State's faculty brings hundreds of millions of dollars of research funding into the state that supports students, advanced equipment, development of leading edge practices and technologies, and transfer of new knowledge into the classroom.
In the face of budget cuts nearing $100 million, we are facing difficult decisions in every department within every college about how much we need to cut back on our programs and employees, at precisely a time when our state needs us the most. The pending budget cuts will turn back decades of investment by the state in making N.C. State a flagship university. N.C. State needs your support.
H. Christopher Frey
Professor, Environmental Engineering
N.C. State University
It is an outrage that James Oblinger and Larry Nielsen could be coming back to N.C. State as teaching professors drawing exorbitant salaries. I would not want my children to be taught by unethical professors and apparent liars. If N.C. State brings these two back to teach, or for any other reason, then they surely have no shame.