If there's any good news for Belmont, it's possible some people won't see the story about Lisa Howe's magically disappearing job after being blinded by the hideous Windows ad that dominates most of the New York Times front webpage. But there's one thing in the story I'd like to draw your attention to:
In 2001, after a business instructor named Michael Burcham was outed by a student, he was told he would need to defend himself in front of the board. Mr. Burcham, who now teaches at Vanderbilt University, said that he did not feel that the faculty, students or even the administration had a problem with his sexual orientation, but that he sensed the board would not approve. He resigned.
When President Robert Fisher made his statement to the media on December 8th (see here at 2:54), he said,
In the ten years I have served as Belmont's president, sexual orientation has has not been considered in making hiring, promotion, salary, or dismissal decisions.
I need for you to hear that clearly.
Sexual orientation is not considered in making hiring, promotion, salary, or dismissal decisions at Belmont. Neither is it considered in any manner in regards to our students or to admissions.
Is Fisher unaware of Burcham's predicament, or is this another case of truth by technicality in that Burcham resigned before his orientation could be considered?