RALEIGH – Vice Chancellor and Dean of Student Affairs for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Mike Mullen resigned Thursday, presumably under pressure after Republicans, students, donors, and taxpayers called on the university to do something about Mullen’s hyper-partisan use of his official Twitter account.
While the university has not identified the tweets, and the associated blowback, as the reason for the sudden resignation. That’d be hard for them to do, since officials were undoubtedly made aware of many of these tweets when students were calling for his resignation all the way back in November of last year.
So what made the difference this time? Why the sudden accountability after brushing it under the rug last year? Probably because of you.
First in Freedom Daily readers shared the Mullen Tweet story thousands of times; A FFID reader, Luke Stancil, who appears in the above video, brought our attention to Mullen’s Twitter behavior and how nothing had been done about it; and, hundreds of FFID readers followed the links to contact the chancellor’s office to demand something be done.
By yesterday afternoon, you started getting responses from the chancellor’s office like this one:
From: Randy Woodson <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 4:34 PM
Subject: Ask the Chancellor Response
Dear Ms. XXXX:
Thank you for your email.
Dr. Mullen has resigned from his position as Vice Chancellor and Dean for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Tomorrow will be his last day in the office.
This is the kind of responsiveness and commitment to accountability that students should have received from the university when making the original complaints in 2018, but better late than never.
Note that Mullen has not left NCSU altogether, just his vice chancellorship/dean position. He apparently will still be a professor at the university, and that’s okay. The point of shining a light on this behavior was not to force anyone into unemployment. Conservatives/Republicans do not seek to ruin lives like many on the Left do when they target someone for saying politically incorrect things; rather we merely wanted higher standards enforced for those that represent the university to students, parents, donors, and taxpayers. No one with such a hyper-partisan bent should be in positions of leadership as representatives of a state university supported by taxpayers and attended by all kinds of people. It wouldn’t have been appropriate for a full bore MAGA,Trump-supporting, conservative to be belittling snowflake students and social justice fools from such a leadership position, either.
That being said, we’re glad that such a rabid resister of Trump (and hater of Rednecks) is no longer serving as a vice chancellor and dean at one of North Carolina’s great universities anymore. We all deserve better.