John C. Nemeth
Several years ago, the powers that be at Radford University tried to force various forms of ill-conceived will on their faculty. The issues were several and constituted the sort of direct assault on the fundamental role of the faculty in academic governance that the University of Virginia suffered through more recently.
The RU faculty push-back headed off many of the egregious insults. One such effort was an attempt to diminish Appalachian Studies at Radford. Hundreds of letters and emails of internal and external support for this outstanding program turned back the RU administration’s attack on the deep Appalachian cultural roots of Radford University.
Nemeth is president of Education and Research Consulting, CGJC Enterprises and Associates in Christiansburg. His wife is former director of the Appalachian Regional Studies Center.