Merrifield, Andy

Dr. Andy Merrifield teaches classes in the Masters in Public Administration program on non-profit leadership, board management, budgeting and administrative ethics.

Our Embattled Public University System Deserves Better

Andy Merrifield for web.jpgBy Andy Merrifield
Associate Vice President, California Faculty Association
Professor, Political Science, Sonoma State University

The California State University is in the midst of the worst funding crisis we have ever seen. So it is all the more shocking and discouraging when university leaders seem to betray our students’ trust by mismanaging precious dollars donated to the university.

On July 1, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat revealed in an investigative report that the Sonoma State University Academic Foundation used donated funds to provide huge personal loans to cronies of foundation board members as well as former board members themselves. Some of this money may never be recovered. This was money meant to fund scholarships for qualified students.