by J J Cohen
A day of meetings and teaching has prevented me from weighing on the second MAA letter regarding the resignation of Eileen Gardiner and Ron Musto as Executive Director. (Earlier posts here and here.)
I am happy that this letter was multiply authored, more carefully worded, and fuller in the information it offers. Its tone and moments of directness are also improvements. I do wish, though, that instead of referring readers back to the IHE article this second MAA missive conveyed more of what the actual resignation letter sent by Gardiner and Musto actually stated. I'd point out that their letter was circulated on an email listserv with more than a hundred recipients and has also been quietly transmitted from person to person. The resignation letter makes some cryptic, terse but serious statements about bullying, aggressive behavior, and the threat of regression to the MAA's previous state of crisis that ought to be explored (or at least considered) as a new executive director takes on the job.
I continue to believe that the release of the letter along with an official response are the best courses of action for the MAA at this point. Such a release and response would amount to an embrace of greater transparency, setting the course for how the MAA leaders will work with the membership who elected them in the future.