Sally Ray named director at WKU-Glasgow

Sally Ray named director at WKU-Glasgow

There are 19 comments on the Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY story from Apr 20, 2011, titled Sally Ray named director at WKU-Glasgow. In it, Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY reports that:

Starting May 9, Western Kentucky University-Glasgow will have a new director and associate dean.

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Random

Glasgow, KY

#1 Apr 23, 2011
They SCREWED McCaslin royally. He worked for and very much DESERVED THIS POSITION. BAD DECISION!!!! And if Mrs.Bayless were here she would feel the same way
Older and wiser

Bowling Green, KY

#2 Apr 23, 2011
They sure did screw him. This was all a set up deal. I don't know why they even went through the interviews as they have known all along who they were going to pick. I predict they will regret their decision but it will be too late. Dr M will be on to bigger and better things which he deserves.
well

Glasgow, KY

#3 Apr 23, 2011
The politics of the hill in BG won out on this one. I am an acquaintance of this woman and believe me, she is of, by and for the WKU buddy system. So, she will indeed have the ear of the decision makers on the hill. The BG paper on Saturday interviewed her and she repeatedly referred to Glasgow as "up there." So one thing she needs to realize immediately is that we are not "up" anywhere, we're "over" here to the east of BG. I am troubled that she states how much she plans to be a part of this community but she won't commit to moving here. If that campus is such an important part of the Glasgow community, its director needs to be a resident of Glasgow, not Bowling Green. I don't know Dr. McCaslin but from all I do of him and from what others have said about this, he was done in. I'm afraid it's typical fare for WKU - use them to get all you can get out them and then drop them for one of your buddies.
hmmm

Warrenville, IL

#4 Apr 24, 2011
What I don't like about her "plans" for WKU Glasgow is that she wants to focus on research. Why would non-traditional students give a crap about research? We want to get our degree and get out! Makes no sense, there is no need for "research" at the Glasgow Campus! But doesn't much matter to me, this is my last semester...I'm getting on with my career and my life! I just hope that future students don't suffer because of her plans.
Rowdy

Glasgow, KY

#5 Apr 24, 2011
Dr. McCaslin was ROYALLY SCREWED and did not even get a kiss. Dr. Bayless was great and she helped establish him so he could run the Campus and he has been doing a great job, but the Bowling Green bunch screwed him badly!!!!!!!!
Student

Glasgow, KY

#6 Apr 25, 2011
The right decision was made.
Clementine

Glasgow, KY

#7 Apr 25, 2011
Student wrote:
The right decision was made.
I am open to hearing both sides. Please explain why Ray is the better choice.
Person

Bowling Green, KY

#8 Apr 27, 2011
McCaslin was unqualified, plain and simple. "Knowing Glasgow" isn't necessarily a qualification. Who knows, maybe being the inside candidate worked against him. Maybe the president, provost, and Dennis George had already seen what he was capable of and didn't like it. Last year they stopped the search rather than hire him. Clue? Clue?

He had the least experience of any candidate who came here. People on the Bowling Green campus don't respect him at all. He demonstrated a great deal of immaturity during his interview, and relied completely on the buddy system to try to get the job. But he had no buddies where it counted, apparently. Wake up call for us.

It was clear from what he said in his job talk that he wouldn't change a single thing about how our campus is run. But WKU is changing, and everyone but us seems to be able to see that. If he had any smarts at all he would have talked about changes he'd make instead of trying to tell people what they wanted to hear. Or, better said, he'd have told the folks in Bowling Green what they wanted to hear instead of telling us what he thought we wanted to hear.

That guy from the Caribbean was rude and an ass. The guy from South Carolina was nice enough, but too outside. Ray was inside enough, but not too much.

And his e-mail saying that he was sorry he didn't get the job is the final proof of why he didn't deserve it. If he had any sense at all he'd have said something about how the best candidate got the job, and that he's looking forward to working with her. That would have been the gracious thing to do. Instead he comes off whiny.

After last year I didn't think he'd get the job in the first place, but in the end the best person got the job, plain and simple. And, the person who got the job has the support of the administration. We can either support her and try to make things work, or we can be miserable.
Broom-pusher

North Ridgeville, OH

#9 Apr 27, 2011
well wrote:
If that campus is such an important part of the Glasgow community, its director needs to be a resident of Glasgow, not Bowling Green.
Dr. McCaslin doesn't live in Glasgow.
well wrote:
I don't know Dr. McCaslin but from all I do of him and from what others have said about this, he was done in.
From what I've heard, just the opposite.

Good decision.
Person 2

Glasgow, KY

#10 Apr 27, 2011
Interesting comments by Person. Were you on the committee since you have information on his "immaturity" during interview. I personally feel this whole thing has turned into a political campaign with mudslinging for both candidates.
A few things that bother people about the whole process:
1)Sally was on first search committee and rarely attended meetings
2)The chair of the hiring committee was Asst. Dean with Sally in Potter
3)Concerns she wants Glasgow classes scheduled like BG
4)Will she participate in Glasgow community or stick with all her BG clubs
5)Why waste time and money since it was already decided, it makes out like they think we are stupid enough to believe it was a fair process
6)Sally has zero experience managing a facility of the size and complexity as Glasgow. She may do fine but it's a concern
7)In all fairness Sally used the buddy system too
The students truly are the ones that lose if Sally does a poor job. She is the director now so she'll have her chance. She has big shoes to fill in managing the campus and keep growing as well as Dr. Bayless. I wish her the best it will be a tough job for anyone especially considering the circumstances and emotions involved.
Person

North Ridgeville, OH

#11 Apr 27, 2011
I saw the presentation he gave. And he's been the Interim Director for a year now. And worked there since before I got there. That's my experience with it. My reference to his immaturity was about his presentation.
Presenter

Canton, OH

#12 Apr 28, 2011
Yes it was good..
Jane

Elizabethtown, KY

#13 May 2, 2011
Let's raise tuition again so that we can support such things as processes that are a joke such as the second round of interviews so that Dr. Ray can get the job that she decided she wanted after she learned about it while serving on the search committee during the first round!!!!

How many times had Dr. Ray been on Glasgow's campus prior to her being named director? Maybe two, one of which was her interview......

Why do we play these games, WKU?

I can't wait until the next time I am called for an alumni contribution!!!!!!

I'm not so proud right now that my husband, my son, and I are WKU alumni.
BG-Glasgow Commuter

Bowling Green, KY

#14 May 11, 2011
Jane wrote:
Let's raise tuition again so that we can support such things as processes that are a joke such as the second round of interviews so that Dr. Ray can get the job that she decided she wanted after she learned about it while serving on the search committee during the first round!!!!
How many times had Dr. Ray been on Glasgow's campus prior to her being named director? Maybe two, one of which was her interview......
Why do we play these games, WKU?
I can't wait until the next time I am called for an alumni contribution!!!!!!
I'm not so proud right now that my husband, my son, and I are WKU alumni.
Oh, quit your whining. Actually having been on a campus isn't a qualification for a job. Judging by overall university-level administrative experience, Dr. McCaslin wasn't as qualified as Dr. Ray. Plain and simple. He was the least qualified of the four people.

By your logic, Dr. Ransdell wouldn't be qualified to be director of Glasgow.

This place needs to stop thinking and acting like a community college. Or like it's somehow unique or different from other campuses.

Dr. Ray is the new director, and she has the support of Dr. Ransdell, who came to campus last week. Time to move on and make things work. If you aren't proud of WKU because a certain job hire didn't go the way you wanted, you need to get some perspective.
nontrad student

Glasgow, KY

#15 May 17, 2011
Needs to focus on nontraditional students. That is what has made this campus a success.
Alumni

Glasgow, KY

#16 May 18, 2011
It has been great having that campus in Glasgow. It was a life saver for me.
Well

Lewisburg, KY

#17 May 18, 2011
As long as she keeps that nasty-a$$ technical college from bringing it down then she should be OK. Who wants to pay full price for a WKU experience only to get compared and grouped with that discount degree mill Bowling Green Technical College? I hope she does her part to make sure everyone knows that WKU and BGTC are NOT the same school and do NOT produce the same caliber of student.
Concerned

Hillview, KY

#18 Sep 5, 2011
When hiring someone for a position like the director of a university's extended campus, there are several factors to bear in mind. For those of you who are complaining that McCaslin was not the selected candidate, not one of you has presented any kind of valid, quantifiable, or reasonable reason as to why he should have been hired other than the fact that he had been there already. No one, for instance, commented on the fact that Dr. McCaslin had never worked anywhere else or that he had limited teaching experience or that he did not keep current with the new trends at the Bowling Green campus. Furthermore, very few of you recognized that he did not reside in Glasgow--he lived in Bowling Green, and that he was simply too inexperienced to be hired at this time. He did not understand the needs of tenure-track faculty, he did not comprehend the sheer amount of work involved in developing and teaching a university-level class, and he did not want to change anything to accommodate the ideas set forth by the new provost. Dr. Ray has multiple years of experience, has lived inside and outside of Kentucky, and because she had served as department chair knows all about tenure files, QEP, General Education and so on. If we want to continue to have a Glasgow campus then we need to stay current with the trends in Bowling Green--even the ones we don't like. For the non-traditional student who says he/she doesn't need research, he/she is not appreciating what a university is. Faculty need to stay current with research in order to provide their students with the most up-to-date and valid information in their fields. Research is something to be appreciated not condemned. I wish everyone would stop complaining because an unqualified candidate was not selected, and start appreciating the fact that a qualified one was.
Martha

Glasgow, KY

#19 Sep 5, 2011
Concerned wrote:
When hiring someone for a position like the director of a university's extended campus, there are several factors to bear in mind. For those of you who are complaining that McCaslin was not the selected candidate, not one of you has presented any kind of valid, quantifiable, or reasonable reason as to why he should have been hired other than the fact that he had been there already. No one, for instance, commented on the fact that Dr. McCaslin had never worked anywhere else or that he had limited teaching experience or that he did not keep current with the new trends at the Bowling Green campus. Furthermore, very few of you recognized that he did not reside in Glasgow--he lived in Bowling Green, and that he was simply too inexperienced to be hired at this time. He did not understand the needs of tenure-track faculty, he did not comprehend the sheer amount of work involved in developing and teaching a university-level class, and he did not want to change anything to accommodate the ideas set forth by the new provost. Dr. Ray has multiple years of experience, has lived inside and outside of Kentucky, and because she had served as department chair knows all about tenure files, QEP, General Education and so on. If we want to continue to have a Glasgow campus then we need to stay current with the trends in Bowling Green--even the ones we don't like. For the non-traditional student who says he/she doesn't need research, he/she is not appreciating what a university is. Faculty need to stay current with research in order to provide their students with the most up-to-date and valid information in their fields. Research is something to be appreciated not condemned. I wish everyone would stop complaining because an unqualified candidate was not selected, and start appreciating the fact that a qualified one was.
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