If you have been following the aftermath of the resignation Friday of the Executive Directors of the Medieval Academy of America, Eileen Gardiner and Ron Musto, you will want to read this morning's piece from Insider Higher Ed on the controversy. The key quotation is, for me, in the middle of Scott Jaschik's article:
Gardiner and Musto said it was unfair for [MAA President Richard] Unger to imply that they made the decision to leave. "He and two other members of the council are also well familiar with the immediate circumstances leading up to that letter, having been present at the culminating events in Knoxville," they wrote. "Suffice it to say that a principled resignation in protest means that there was something to protest, but -- for the sake of transparency -- it is for President Unger to publicly disclose his perspective on, and address directly, the issues raised in our letter of resignation."
Given that we now know for certain what many of us strongly suspected -- that the resignations came in protest, and that a larger story than the MAA letter announcing those resignations conveyed exists -- I urge President Unger to release the letter of resignation to the members of the MAA so that we can better understand the context within which these resignations unfolded.
(And yes, he will receive that request in writing this morning.)