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Jerry Sandusky

UMD owes public transparent presidential search

UMD owes public transparent presidential search

America is littered with failed college presidencies and damaged higher-education institutions all tracing back to a single cause: An obsession with projecting a favorable image that overrides everything else, including the public’s safety.

University of Maryland, College Park, President Wallace Loh was too slow to realize that, when you live by secrecy, you die by secrecy. Mr. Loh treated public participation in campus governance as an annoyance to be minimized — sneaking through the monumental decision to switch to the Big Ten athletic conference in an illegally closed meeting — so it’s fitting that his presidency is ending with UMD trustees knifing him in the...

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