Pro tip: Promising to "be as open and transparent as possible" works better when you don’t keep concealing relevant facts from the public.
Iowa State University linked incomplete and redacted files on its page for "Frequently Asked Questions" about President Steven Leath’s use of university-owned airplanes. Staff employed several methods to prevent outsiders from obtaining information about the flights. In an October 22 editorial, the Des Moines Register described the "clumsy response" by ISU and Leath as "every bit as damaging to the university’s reputation as the original offense."
I would add a few other points to the Register’s list. For instance, ISU quadrupled down on a cover story that makes no sense in order to explain questionable stops on one of Leath’s trips.
In addition, university officials quietly admitted in recent days that ISU’s Foundation spent much more than previously disclosed on one of the airplanes purchased in 2014.Continue Reading...