As I reflected on the last post, it occurred to me that I could be accused of being too critical of Biff Williams. Someone might say that I just have an axe to grind and that in criticizing his credentials and not, so to speak, taking the high road, I am hurting Varlo's cause more than helping it. There might be something to that sort of accusation. I certainly am guilty of having an axe to grind, and the last thing I would want to do is to hurt Varlo's case. But because I regard Biff's actions with respect to Varlo as contemptible, and because I regard Biff himself as unqualified for his position and as a dastardly liar (the evidence on both counts being, so far as I can see, conclusive), I have no regrets about anything I have written, with one exception: I regret saying the the official study of "curriculum and instruction" is not a serious endeavor. Like any academic subject, it can be a serious endeavor, especially, of course, insofar as it deals with questions related to how human beings learn. So let that stand as a retraction of any earlier statement that may not have given "curriculum and instruction" its due respect.
The argument with respect to Biff's Ph.D. stands: he went after the Ph.D. that he could obtain in the easiest possible manner, not because he is interested in any serious way in "curriculum and instruction" but because he needed the credential to further an administrative career. Take a look at his CV and his "dissertation" and you'll see what I mean. He's a careerist, and, comparatively, a 2nd-rate one, and that's generous. He had no experience as a university president when he was hired at DSU, which is odd in itself. One cannot look at his credentials and experience without wondering exactly what qualified him for the position, especially when, again, so many had much better credentials. DSU trustee Gail Smith said he stood out with his commitment to "family values." Even if he walked the walked in that regard--and as we know, he doesn't--rather than just playing to the preferences of people like Gail Smith, since when did a commitment to "family values" become the primary qualifier for the president of a university? Biff Williams really has no business being the president of DSU or any other university. If there ever was any question about that, his actions with respect to Varlo decide that question. And I'm writing about those actions because NO ONE ELSE IS WRITING ABOUT IT. As noted already, all of the local powers support Biff, including that paragon of investigative journalism "The Spectrum". Despite the fact that the allegations in Varlo's legal complaint are in the public domain, no one has written about the most serious ones. Compare what happened when Varlo was charged. The Spectrum ran his photo on the front page, with the headline "Davenport Charged", complete with a statement from the university, and an account of all that was alleged. This was a favor to Biff and DSU, courtesy of St. George City's own little "Pravda." But did The Spectrum even mention the allegations in Varlo's suit, the one's that implicate Mark Houser, Biff, Don Reid and others in fabricating a case against Varlo, lying to the public, supressing/destroying evidence, submitting false information to a court, as well as lying in court? No, not a word. And further, it looks like everyone is just giving these folks a pass, while in the meantime, Varlo's career, everything he's worked a lifetime for, has been destroyed. Not accidentally. Not as a consequence of something else. Deliberately. Biff Williams didn't just decide to fire Varlo. He went after Varlo, with the intent to ruin his career, and he seems to have done so for no other reason than that Varlo didn't go away quietly when Biff fired him. So, yes, I do have an axe to grind with Biff Williams. And I'm going to keep grinding away. For anyone who has not read the complaint, I will, when I continue, supply a little list of the actions of our great champion of family values that render him worthy of our collective scorn and contempt.