July 29, 2009
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will be on the Texas Tech University payroll for only a year. But that’s not stopping several professors from protesting their soon-to-be colleague’s new job, the college’s student newspaper reported today.
A nine-page petition signed by 70 professors and obtained by The Daily Toreador said it was unethical to hire Gonzales to teach a political science class this fall and help recruit minority students. The document said Gonzales shouldn’t have been hired because Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance, who served in the U.S. House for six years as a Democrat before becoming a Republican in 1985, was a “good friend” of Gonzales. Professor Walter Schaller, who created the petition, told The Toreador that the chancellor’s job is only “to raise money and deal with the legislature.”