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Editorial: Administration should be more transparent

We would like to tell our readers why Greg Emery took a paid “leave of absence” from his position as director of the Global Leadership Center.

He’s been out of the job for more than four months now. But we know just about as much now as we did when we first reported that he was under investigation in November.

That’s an inefficient way for the university to communicate to the press and its students. We should know more.

What are the results of the investigation?

The university told a Post reporter this week that his contract was “not renewed.” We’re assuming that means he was fired, but we’re waiting on a clarification of that detail, among many others.

When is his last day? Will he be paid until that point? What did he do for the university to decide to not renew his contract?

We also don’t know the finer details of other university decisions so far this year, including: if both McDavises are living at the Ohio University Inn and who is footing the bill; why Linda Daniels was fired; and the exact reasons why construction companies didn’t want to bid on demolishing the President Street Academic Center.

We’ve worked with the university’s media relations office to get answers to our questions and filed several requests for records with the university’s legal office related to Emery’s work at the university.

We as reporters, and you as readers, deserve to know what happened. What kind of conduct was supported by taxpayer funds?

The university should step up and answer our inquiries. Why not be transparent about whatever led the university to “not renew” his contract, as we were told, instead of acting as if it’s in their best interest to keep whatever led to Emery’s falling out with OU in the dark?

We’re still going to press for more information until our questions have been answered.

We’re not going to let this subject die as much as the university avoids the topic.

We’re still going to do our jobs.

We hope someone in the university communication department will learn how to communicate more effectively.

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