ONLY ON 3: Controversy surrounds UNCW Provost finalist
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One of the three finalists to become UNCW's next Provost is no stranger to controversy.

Doctor Timothy Chandler was up for a similar position last year at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, but declined to take the job after work he had done earlier in his career caused a stir.

Dr. Chandler currently serves as an Associate Provost at Kent State University, but when he was being considered for the Provost position last year in Georgia, a paper he co-wrote with a colleague caused some people there to get worried about his leadership and viewpoints.

The paper, which was published in 1998, focuses on the way a university should be governed.

After chandler was offered the Provost position, newspapers in Georgia reported that the paper Chandler wrote allegedly had an anti-American, Marxist slant.

The coverage and controversy was so intense, Chandler turned down the position and stayed at Kent State.

He was quoted on a website saying "if it had just been me and it hadn't been my family and everything else, I might have been tempted to go down and take on the world."

Chandler also says he wrote the paper in a pre-September 11th world and thinks the opinions of the general public was much different before the tragedy.

Chandler is now being considered with two others as a finalist for the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs position at UNCW. The position description specifically calls for leadership and vision in relation to academic studies at the university.

But, could this paper cause problems for Chandler again?

You may remember UNCW professor Mike Adams sued the school for denying him tenure because of his conservative political position and writings on his website.

Adams's standpoint has been the topic of discussion from the classroom to the courtroom and has still not been settled. So, if conservative views upset the system, will a supposedly socialist standpoint cause a scene?

The university acknowledged that they reviewed all of doctor Chandler's work.

In a statement they said:

"The UNCW Provost search committee, comprised of faculty, staff, administrators and students, has selected Dr. Chandler as one of three candidates to interview on campus based on his administrative and communication skills, commitment to higher education and his ability to provide leadership and vision."

UNCW did not specifically comment on the controversy.

Chandler is scheduled to on campus Monday for an open presentation to the school as part of the interview process.

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The guy wrote a paper several years ago that people may not agree with. Who cares? Academia is filled with opinions, conservatives included. If the guy is qualified, and has a forward vision for the university, I could care less if he offends some crack-pots in the Wilmington community. Before we start spouting off about liberals threatening free thought within the education system, let's remember that a conservative professor at UNCW has repeatedly published (online) the names of "liberal professors" and caused them to get death threats. Conservatives offended by this? Get over it.

during the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress and during the 1996 Presidential election. The seething and hateful political tones that pervaded classes during that time were somewhat amusing and very telling. Even if wildly off topic for the course, many lectures and assignments somehow found a way to focus on what an evil guy Newt Gingrich was. During a lecture on a subject that was entirely apolitical, the prof laughed with glee the day after Dole fell off a platform while campaigning. I remember hoping that when I'm middle aged, I'm not deranged enough to laugh at a 70something, disabled veteran falling four feet onto concrete whether or not I agree with his politics.

Chandler also says he wrote the paper in a pre-September 11th world and thinks the opinions of the general public was much different before the tragedy

I don't think the public has changed so much as it's just not conducive to one's career aspirations to espouse certain opinions where they can be found later and that's always been the case. Ever watch Supreme Court nominees get vetted by Congress? The biggest change I see in daily life since 9/11 is having to remove my shoes to board an airplane.

"if it had just been me and it hadn't been my family and everything else, I might have been tempted to go down and take on the world."
From the video clip that displayed a portion of what I presume is his paper:
"While the United States has the most sophisticated propaganda apparatus ever assembled, it is also the most violent nation-state in history."

Sounds as though he still believes this stuff but career aspirations & better quality of life trump idealism these days.

Pity us poor, knuckle dragging mouth breathers who just aren't sophisticated enough to understand what sort of nation the United States is (propaganda apparatus being what it is) - especially since we've changed so much since 9/11.

You're offended by these things? Grow up. No one owes you anything, especially not in a university setting. You're paying to attend. If you don't like it, then there are plenty of Bible schools where you can have your opinions parroted for you. Sounds to me like you got offended when you realized your opinion might not be correct and that there are a number of well educated, vocal people who are willing to speak on it.

Just what UNCW needs, another high salary $200K plus marxist. Do UNCW and the state a favor and promote from within. It has been done before.

to the united states of money, and the godmoney for which it stands. One world under one currency, with Liberty and Justice for none. Where is my chip? The total redistribution of wealth from successful people to the unsuccessful through Global Socialism has begun. Science save me. Please activate our chip implants with the free money, health care and government education. . . welcome comrade.

Regardless of when he wrote the paper, it reflect what he believes and he does not belong as any kind of leader for our students.

Welcome to conservative education philosophy ....

Mike's issues over tenure is not because his political views are conservative. It is because he turns every disagreement into a philosophical war of Conservatism vs Liberalism. Expressing and defending a position is admirable, Continually brow beating everyone with your political views is not.

For the record Mike isn't the only openly conservative faculty member at UNCW.

He's perfect for the climate at UNCW. Great fit.

I think the public should audit the administrative staff positions at UNC and NC State. I believe that salaries are too high, and that the universities are extremely overstaffed. There is way too much waste in the state university system, and it needs to be addressed.

This information is publicly available, and quite frankly, demonstrates substantially lower salaries than most public universities, for UNCW anyway. A more interesting investigation would be to look into the number of administrative staff and agencies at UNCW, compare it with other universities, then ask why the library got a 1-million-dollar cut and Arts and Sciences received a 3-million-dollar cut last year.

...he's a natural fit anywhere in the UNC system.

but in the Obama Administration as well.

...towards an appointment in the obummer cabinet.