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Your editorial on the resignation of Mount St. Mary's University President Simon Newman should serve as a cautionary tale ("Mount St. Mary's University president Simon Newman resigns," March 1).

Clearly, the board did not act responsibly when it hired Mr. Newman. As you noted, there is a history of bad appointments to key jobs.

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I wish to add to that list. In 2012, an overly zealous member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia forced the resignation of the president for no apparent reason. This caused a big stink and the then-Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell threatened to intervene.

In 2013, The Sun reported on the compensation packages of the CEOs of not-for-profit hospitals. The article noted that the CEO of the Catholic Mercy Medical Center had made $1.6 million in 2012.

My first thought on reading the article was that the board of Mercy should be fired. The Sun reported that the justification for the outrageous salaries of some hospital CEOs in Maryland is that these are "high profile complex jobs." The lucky people occupying them make more than the U.S. president, cabinet members or state governors.

No wonder the cost of health care is so high in this country. We are being robbed. It appears that the boards of hospitals and colleges operate below the radar and under a veil of anonymity. It seems like the Baltimore City Liquor Board and the boards of education in the various counties operate on a more transparent basis.

The board members of colleges and hospitals must be held accountable. How can this be accomplished? I believe it can only be done when we withhold financial support. When I heard that Archbishop William Lori was leaving Baltimore on a junket to Rome to help fix the problems in Baltimore I had to rethink my contribution to the Archbishop's Appeal.

I just realized that three of the four institutions I have identified by name are Catholic. This is a real scandal, and I am truly disappointed. I hope The Sun continues to monitor the activities of institutions with boards that clandestinely operate against the interests of the public.

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore

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