July 31, 2009
A small group of Texas Tech University faculty members is objecting to the school's hiring of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and is trying to gather signatures for a petition that claims he has "demonstrated significant ethical failings."
But Chancellor Kent Hance said Thursday that the petition targeting the hire won't deter him from having Gonzales on campus.
Walter Schaller, a tenured associate professor of philosophy who is circulating the petition, has said he doesn't expect it to affect Gonzales' hire. But he said he felt it important to air faculty concerns that Gonzales might remain a professor beyond the yearlong teaching stint for which he has been hired.
About 74 people have signed the petition, which asserts that Gonzales should not be hired and that Hance should not be involved in faculty hires.