Author?s Note: In a recent interview with our local New York Times affiliate, Dr. Lynne Snowden characterized me as a ?pathological liar? who is ?mentally unbalanced.? I offer the following chapter from my book ?Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel? as a rebuttal. Since the events described in this chapter, Snowden has been voted out as Faculty Senate President. She has also been voted out of the Faculty Senate altogether. Furthermore, a taxpayer funded SBI investigation has determined that her subsequent claims that people were breaking into her office to spray tear gas were unfounded. Nonetheless, she still teaches ?Counter-terrorism? at UNCW. Dr. Cecil Willis was recently promoted to the office of the Provost. He remains one of the most respected members of the university community.
Dear Director of Human Resources:
I hope you have a few spare minutes because you are not going to believe this one. I know that you?re busy but it would be wrong to keep this information from you. I think you may also be legally obligated to conduct some sort of investigation into the allegations I am about to share with you.
The first week of December I went to my mailbox and found the following memo:
December 2, 1999
To My Colleagues in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice:
You have been asked to debate the possibility of giving Dr. Cecil Willis another four-year term as Chair of our department. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend today?s meeting because of my Faculty Senate duties. However, I have important information concerning Cecil?s qualifications and some questions about his prior actions that should be answered in open forum before you make this decision. I would therefore like to request that you either postpone today?s discussion or schedule a second meeting where his candidacy would be the sole topic of discussion.
Thank you very much for your help and attention to this matter.
Lynne L. Snowden
As you can imagine, this memo was the talk of the department for the rest of the day. When the department met that afternoon, we debated whether one faculty member could postpone such an important meeting on such short notice. But Cecil graciously agreed to have that second meeting where his candidacy would be the ?sole focus? of discussion.