A small group at Iowa State University thinks the name of a former president should not be put on a new campus building. Forestry professor Carl Mize explains Martin Jischke held the post in the 90s.He says they announced at a going-away event that a new Honors building would carry his name. But Mize says Jischke had only some of the skills of a university leader:Mize says Jischke was very good at befriending wealthy alumni but wasn’t known for supporting faculty or the teaching process. The Honors program is for the top five-percent or so of undergrads, and Mize admits they may have benefited indirectly from Jischke’s winning ways as a school fundraiser.Mize says Jischke touched most students, but had no particular interest in the honors program. Jischke’s administration gets a “mixed grade” from Mize, high for fundraising, low for working with faculty and students, and for a moral tone. Mize says there are other people whose names would be better suited for the Honors building. The Faculty Senate will take up the proposal at its meeting Tuesday night.
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