Trustees of a public or private institution of higher education sometimes can become too insulated from faculty and students and even from the concerns of the community that has historically supported that institution. They follow their president and take their cues from him or her. That seems to be the case with William Peace University of Raleigh, long a stalwart in the community for most of its history as a school for young women.
Sometimes, trustees are right to follow the president’s lead. In the case of the tumult that has surrounded William Peace University, there is much we don’t know about the apparent discontent of some faculty members and complaints from students about a variety of issues.
In addition, the university has risked a huge chunk of its endowment to buy the adjoining Seaboard commercial area.