KSU choice for provost withdraws after ‘Marxist’ criticism

Criticized for a 1998 research paper that included allusions to Karl Marx, and stung by a local newspaper’s musing over whether he was a “Red,” Kennesaw State University’s choice for a new provost has decided he won’t leave Ohio.

Here’s the press release that just arrived:

After thoughtful consideration, Dr. Timothy J.L. Chandler has withdrawn his acceptance of the position of Kennesaw State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“I have decided it is in the best interest of Kennesaw State University for me to withdraw at this time. I feel strongly about the commitment that I made to elevating Kennesaw State University’s academic stature. However, I have now come to believe that the recent distractions caused by external forces would interfere with my effectiveness as provost,” stated Dr. Chandler.

Dr. Chandler has decided to remain in his position as Senior Associate Provost at Kent State University. “I appreciate the opportunity that the Kennesaw State University appointment presented, and am truly grateful for the support given to me by colleagues at Kennesaw State University, Kent State University, and the American Association of University Professors.”

Kennesaw State University’s President, Dr. Daniel S. Papp emphasized that Dr. Chandler’s decision to remain at Kent State was strictly his own and is not related to any viewpoints that Dr. Chandler has expressed in previous academic work.

“Dr. Chandler is a highly respected academic and we understand his decision,” President Papp said. “The Kennesaw State University community wishes Dr. Chandler all the best in his future endeavors.”

Interim Provost Dr. W. Ken Harmon will continue in the post.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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104 comments Add your comment

Southern Welcome

March 17th, 2011
4:44 pm

He is better off staying in Ohio than coming down to Kennesaw Univ. – Home of the closed Minded Rednecks.
A sad day for higher education in this state.

Jamie Bullins

March 17th, 2011
4:45 pm

Oh so silly and really very sad. People should be ashamed.


March 17th, 2011
4:45 pm

Last Man Standing

March 17th, 2011
4:48 pm

“Dr. Chandler is a highly respected academic” – by other academics. Academia, in no small part, is responsible for much of the unrealistic liberal thought dominating the left today. I would think that the last thing that most parents of students at KSU would want is the indoctrination of their children with the brand of liberal philosophy offered by Chandler and his like-minded cronies.

Big Al

March 17th, 2011
4:49 pm

Tim Mescon would have been a great successor to Betty Siegel.

Kennesaw State University: Georgia’s educational powerhouse!

Dilly Dally

March 17th, 2011
4:52 pm

Kennesaw State University and Hillsdale College – America’s two great conservative universities.


March 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Let’s all hold hands and engage in Groupthink. Diversity of ideas and independent thought will not be tolerated here.


March 17th, 2011
5:02 pm

Georgia’s backward conservative thinking prevents yet another well qualified leader from coming to this state. Hope you guys are happy with the progress. Welcome to Georgia where we are thankful for Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. Otherwise we would be at the bottom.


March 17th, 2011
5:02 pm

Chalk one up for the knuckle draggers. Duh ling ling ling ling ling ling lingggggggg….


March 17th, 2011
5:05 pm

Hey Gina, If diversity of ideas and independent thought means you put a SOCIALIST in a position of power, I want NONE OF IT!!!BTW college administrators are overwhelmingly LIBERAL so where is the diversity there??


March 17th, 2011
5:06 pm

@Last Man Standing, 4:48 pm

Oh, for Heaven’s sake. This British academic wrote an article 13 years ago in which 5 footnotes cited Karl Marx. Not very many footnotes. Marx was after all an historical figure, and pretty influential. “Academic freedom” is cherished in higher education, also known as First Amendment rights of free speech. Kent State University is one helluva better school than Kennesaw. I can only imagine him regaling his Ohio colleagues with this tale. They probably won’t believe him.


March 17th, 2011
5:10 pm

Ahhh….yes. The trolls who hit the blog with how bad it is here in the south. Might I redirect you to the growth in population article on the front page. Note where these people are coming from….the “enlightened and tolerant” north. For such a wonderful utopia it is up there, methinks it strange such people would come down here to burden their enlightened thinking with such barbarians. For such a backwards state, odd that so many of the “intelligent” would choose to come here.

Gina – groupthink? What do you think runs the left? If you are not on board with leftist thinking, they kick you out and call you names. What’s the difference? Look at the response here. Knuckledraggers, rednecks, and other assorted cookie cutter and juvenile name calling – the flipside groupthink. Hypocrisy much?


March 17th, 2011
5:11 pm

It would have never worked out. We have too many Yankee’s down here now. Especially in Atlanta.

KSU Grad

March 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

FYI – If we had a True Capitalistic society free of all socialism, then most kids today could not attend schools like KSU, GA Tech, GSU, UGA and pay the little tuition that they do. These schools are after all subsidized by taxpayer monies. Uh Oh….that’s socialism!

Last Man Standing

March 17th, 2011
5:15 pm

Dilly Dally:

That would place KSU in great company! I read Imprimis faithfully!

Jon Lester

March 17th, 2011
5:20 pm

When did Kennesaw State become a for-profit enterprise?

And why is an academic paper written years ago grounds for disqualification, when we keep these Regents who do little more than sober up for meetings and vote to raise tuitions another 12%?

Last Man Standing

March 17th, 2011
5:22 pm


“Kent State University is one helluva better school than Kennesaw”

If you’re a student, transfer. If you’re the parent of a student, send them to Kent State. I doubt that it is any less radical than it was in the 60’s and 70’s.

Good luck!


March 17th, 2011
5:24 pm

Oh darn, another Marxist academician/educrat wasn’t added to the KSU faculty. What a shame. Now Papp needs to go for trying to hire that loser in the first place. Hey Papp – you people in academia are always screaming about diversity so how about hiring a guy who doesn’t hate capitalism and freedom and America for a change?

Southern Welcome

March 17th, 2011
5:28 pm

I have been born and raised here but am not proud of all things southern by any means and especially this new breed of anti-thought southernism.

What has made Georgia grow…
1. An airport funded with tax payer dollars and endorsed by all those democrats who ran this state for decades.

2. A great climate which not even a govenor named Sonny can claim credit.

3. Cheap land cause no one can afford or wants to farm here.

The issue is the MDJ which is a tax write off and not a newspaper wants to keep everything in Cobb County the way of the 1950’s. Thus KSU growth has scared the heck out of them.

My issue is the words that a contributing writer wrote in 1998 that cited Marx, and not always positively, was cause to scare him away.

Perhaps had he cited Jesus and his teachings about what the kingdom on earth should be he would have been better off.

Oh wait that wouldn’t work…preachers who do to much of that at the big churches in Marietta get run off too!


March 17th, 2011
5:32 pm

A quote from the document in question:

“The goal of universities is learning in its various forms and purposes, but it is very much limited as well as enabled by the economic context in which the university is embedded. Because monetary resources are required to operate a university, securing these resources is a necessary goal.

When resources are scarce, they become more important than scholarship. Today, universities are run like businesses, driven by “the bottom line,” and knowledge is a commodity for both the university and for the individual scholar.

Yup, a real Marxist there. And by the way, referring to his writins 5 times in a paper that is over 20 pages long is not a focus on Marx or his beliefs. Especially when anyone’s words can be twisted around. Ironic…..


March 17th, 2011
5:58 pm

wow, welcome to the 1950’s in Georgia. I’m not sure which is scarier – 1. a journalist outing people who dare to criticize our obviously screwed up country in 2011 or 2. the people who believed this journalist and exerted influence on this whole situation. – If I were a subscriber to whatever rag that writer is employed with, I would cancel my subscription as fast as he could say “Marxist”. It’s only a free country if you believe the same way as the majority – right?


March 17th, 2011
6:02 pm

Of course, the only reason any Southerner has a job today is because of those government programs such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Rural Electrification, and the interstate highway system. Get over it people. If the government had not stepped in, you and your kids would ALL be living in tar paper shacks and truth be told, a lot of your relatives still are.

U Gotta B Kidding

March 17th, 2011
6:04 pm

Don’t get the Marietta Daily Journal too much credit for being “scared to death” of the liberal influx at KSU as the reason for exposing this. They simply grabbed onto this 13-year-old Marxist paper as a way to generate controversy, news stories, and — ta da — inflammatory posts on their (and other’s) website.
That — my friends — sells papers (or generates web hits) when you buy into it.

Joe Mama

March 17th, 2011
6:08 pm

“BTW college administrators are overwhelmingly LIBERAL so where is the diversity there?”

I thought we were supposed to compete for jobs based on *merit,* not on some mushy-headed notions of ‘fairness’ and ‘diversity’ and ‘political correctness.’

If there were qualified conservative academics who applied for the job and feel that they were not fairly considered for it, then let them come forward and say so.

Joe Mama

March 17th, 2011
6:13 pm

“And by the way, referring to his writins 5 times in a paper that is over 20 pages long is not a focus on Marx or his beliefs.”

Agreed. Writing a paper about Marx doesn’t automatically make you a Marxist any more than writing a paper about Jesus automatically makes you a Christian.

I’ve got Pittsburgh Steelers boxers on, but it’s only because the store was sold out of Falcons boxers and I don’t like briefs. But by the look of it, some folks here are going to think I’m from Pennsylvania (I’m not) and tell me to go back there.


March 17th, 2011
6:16 pm

Book burning & maybe witch burning next on the agenda, as GA continues it slide back into the dark ages.


March 17th, 2011
6:35 pm

@Joe Mama – if the job were about merit, Chandler wouldn’t have made the first cut. It was precisely that he is an anti-achievement, anti-individual collectivist that he was ever considered.


March 17th, 2011
6:49 pm

Good riddance! Keep your Marxist ideology out of KSU. And, for all of you Socialist cry babies that don’t like it….kiss my conservative butt.

Joe Mama

March 17th, 2011
6:51 pm

KSUer — can you substantiate your claim, please?

I'm just saying

March 17th, 2011
6:53 pm

When Jesus does come back, these people are going to call him liberal, socialist, etc. with all his take care of the poor, love one another, forgive one another….

Serious Robuck

March 17th, 2011
6:54 pm

Hey, Last Man! A lot of really smart folks are posting here tonight. Guess what! You’re NOT one of them.

Another KSU prof

March 17th, 2011
6:55 pm

The comments here attacking KSU are written by ninnies who know nothing about KSU. Chandler received backhanded support from President Papp, who attacked his writing abilities (or lack thereof). With support like that, he was wise not to come. Now, as for the Red scare, very few worry about that–I said let his ignorant a$$ come if that was all. What I cannot bear or understand is the dishonest ignoring of his statement that the US is the most violent country in the history of the world! That is beyond the pale–it is tantamount to Holocaust denying. Do anyone of you holier than thou libs support that statement?

In addition, the Search Committee should have discovered that while at Kent State he had promoted a top down, bullying administrative style while forcing in a new Kent curriculum. I suspect a number at Kent State will be sorry that he appears (like bad money) to be returning.

So go on and call us rednecks and other slur words that show more about you than us–that reveal your essential mean-spirited nature and lack of vocabulary. Except for a few dogs-in-the-manger inside-the-beltway losers at KSU, the rest of us do not care what you think!


March 17th, 2011
7:07 pm

@Joe Mama, well, it’s more my opinion than a statement of fact, but sure!

1) I have tangential familiarity with the process that led to the hiring. The committee was very overrepresented by what some of us call the “shared governance” community, i.e. people who want decision making, and hence, responsibility diluted to the point where no one is responsible for anything. They would want a guy like Chandler, and they got him. Objections were made to Papp that researchers, serious scholars, etc. were not represented. Some noises were made about a research subcommittee, but as far as I know, nothing came of it.

2) Chandler’s CV as to scholarship is wafer thin despite its bulk. His publications, save the Marxist screed, are pseudoscholarship about rugby and masculinity, rugby and religion, etc. I’m told that not even serious sports historians, such as they are, take his work seriously. Certainly none of his supporters are able to critically evaluate his scholarship – the “distinguished scholar” stuff was just boilerplate.

3) On his CV, he claims as separate publications introductions to chapters and books he wrote and new editions of his books. Weak.

4) The only grant he ever won as an individual was for the great sum of $425.

5) None of his supporters have to my knowledge ever pointed out an administrative achievement of his. I don’t know if he has any, despite several years in the upper admin at Kent. He stated during his interview that he doesn’t have an agenda – precisely what the shared governance community would want, but a real red flag for anyone who understands the value of leadership.

There’s more, and I’d be happy to add to this if you like, but suffice it to say that it is the considered opinion of many at KSU that he was the choice of the search committee precisely because he was lacking in merit.Serious scholars, faculty who love and respect America, or even those who just wanted a qualified leader, were opposed to him.


March 17th, 2011
7:10 pm

@Joe Mama Oops. I forgot my strongest argument. The 1998 paper, Marxist anti-Americanism stuff aside, is awful. Mr. Galloway pointed that out on his blog a few days ago and Papp himself said the paper was poorly written. An accomplished scholar/qualified provost ought at least be able to write well, no?


March 17th, 2011
7:13 pm

The truth came about him, and there was more that would have and he knew it. For those of you who like to have his type of “thought” in a relatively good school, maybe you should take your liberal, leeches of society mentality, get a job with your idiot liberals up north and move your pathetic ass-s


March 17th, 2011
7:15 pm

I also hear this guy supported the Kent State shootings years ago

Last Man Standing

March 17th, 2011
7:32 pm

Another KSU prof:

Very informative post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


March 17th, 2011
7:33 pm

How anyone that take anything written in the Marietta Daily Journal seriously is beyond me. They are a classic case of journalism gone bad. Their neighbor newspapers rip off their advertisers by telling them about circulation figures that are a big fat lie. All you have to do is see how many houses don’t get the paper and look at the ones that do that are driven over and over until they are pulverized. And then look online and see how often they are begging for help.

Serious Robuck

March 17th, 2011
7:38 pm

And thank you, Last Man, for sharing your always valuable and thoughtful opinion.


March 17th, 2011
7:43 pm

Let me see if I have this correct: Scrutinize a man’s CV and find something worthy of critical value and debate and share it, then you are one of two persons; a liberal minded tolerance/diversity/learned academic, that is if you share the same views; a southern bigot if you disagree with the man’s views.
Suffice to say, those critical of KSU or Georgia epitomize bigotry at its greatest.
And, the interstate runs north when you care to leave.


March 17th, 2011
7:46 pm

It does sound like many of the posters here were exposed to Marxists like Chandler when they were in school: Apparently Obama was also. And I really don’t understand how a man was considered for the provost position that associated himself with the belief the Bush administration was linked to the Sept. 11 attacks. We need teachers who are proud to be citizens of this country and are willing to defend it.

Conservatives are PC police

March 17th, 2011
8:05 pm

Looks like the conservative PC Police bullies won again!


March 17th, 2011
8:06 pm

First wise decision coming from KSU in quite a while ! Surly a better candidate is out there – lots of places – that can lead KSU out of 3rd Tier Status in Georgia – Maybe Papp has applied for that other job that it will never get in Georgia.

Conservatives are PC police

March 17th, 2011
8:15 pm

Even more proof that for conservatives the definition of “freedom” does allow for citizens to hold beliefs they do not approve of. This is why conservative are so dangerous, they will round up people for thought crimes!

(even though at it’s heart this was just an anti-intellectual crusade by the right).

Rural Education

March 17th, 2011
8:17 pm

Jack and most of the others on here would not know a communist if you stood next to one. We don’t mind sending our manufacturing base to a communist nation, but God forbid if we are allowed to learn of things not endorsed Fox news.


March 17th, 2011
8:26 pm

Liberal colleges and universities are producing the people that are now driving our economy.

All the high tech giants are loaded with graduates from liberal colleges.

Just what are these colleges and universities teaching their students to produce such world leading capitalist giants?

Seems the conservatives are leaching off the liberals.


March 17th, 2011
9:03 pm

It’s 2011 and the Cold War is over. McCarthy is dead. Why is it suddenly an issue for a professor and his possible political leanings? Only in Georgia is it remotely an issue.


March 17th, 2011
9:09 pm

He was probably sabotaged by some of the same throwbacks who tried to prevent us from voting on Sunday alcohol sales.


March 17th, 2011
9:15 pm

Academics are in the business of reproducing themselves. A Provost needs to be a leader and someone who can bring his community of “scholars” and students together. The problem with higher education is that the people who publish meaningless garble and get stupid grants are elevated to positions of president, chancellor, provost. Most can’t find their ass with both hands when you get them an inch out of their little esoteric range of knowledge. Don’t know the man, but he sounds like an old hippie. Let’s get an intelligent person in the job who actually like people and listens. Thank God this ain’t Kent State.