Justice Has Been A Long Time Coming For Ward Churchill!
Regents Vote To Fire Churchill
The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to terminate controversial professor Ward Churchill on Tuesday evening.
The Board of Regents passed a motion to accept the recommendation from CU President Hank Brown to fire Churchill from his position in the Ethnic Studies department. The measure passed with an 8 to 1 vote. The vote was made just after 5:30 p.m.
Immediately after the decision was announced people in the crowd booed and some swore at the board members. Churchill and his supporters then participated in a Native American ceremony outside of the building. Also after the board made its decision, Brown and Board Chair Patricia Hayes spoke with the media. "It's been a long hard day," said Hayes. "Not an easy decision for the board." "One of the most difficult decisions a university has to face happened today and I don't think we had a choice," said Brown.
Hayes disputed the claim that Churchill had made earlier in the day on Tuesday that the decision to fire him was pre-determined. "It was pre-ordained two and a half years ago. Everything's been an orchestration to make that seem to be a justifiable outcome," said Churchill in an interview with 9NEWS.
"(The other day) somebody asked me, 'What do you think the board is going to do?' And I didn't know," said Hayes. "I really didn't know where my fellow board members were coming from until we had the discussion today."
"This case was an example not of mistakes, but an effort to falsify history and fabricate history and in the final analysis, this individual did not express regret or apologize," said Brown. "This is a faculty that has an outstanding reputation and this move today protects that reputation.""At the end of the day we had to look at what these three committees had presented to us and what 25 tenured faculty had said and that was really important to all the board members," said Hayes.