The Case For and Against George R. Garrison

 A Chronological Documentary

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On January 1, 1994, Dr. Edward W. Crosby retired after serving as chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies for 25 years, i.e., Dr. Crosby was the founder of the Institute for African American Affairs (1969) which later evolved into the Department of Pan-African Studies in 1976. Upon his retirement, a national search was conducted and Dr. George R. Garrison, formerly the chair of the small Black Studies Department at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, was selected to be Dr. Crosby's successor. Dr. Garrison was offered the position by Dean Rudolph O. Buttlar on August 11, 1994 and he assumed the chair on January 1, 1995 with a salary of $85,000 and more than $25,000 in additional departmental perquisites. When Dr. Garrison took the chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies, all early indications demonstrated to the Department's faculty, staff and students that he possessed the personal, academic and administrative expertise the Department needed to further its academic and socio-cultural goals and objectives developed over the previous 25 years. Before long, however, displeasure with Dr. Garrison's administrative initiatives and personal leadership persona became evident. Students, faculty, staff and segments of the African American community on and off campus began to complain more vigorously about how Dr. George R. Garrison related to them academically, professionally and personally. 

“The Case For and Against George R. Garrison, A Chronological Documentary” was developed to present to the public within and without academic circles a pro and con picture of what has transpired during the 2½ years Dr. Garrison headed up the Department. The documents comprising this documentary are presented here as "true copies" (as far as HTML will allow) and are presented without editorial comment, save in those few instances where comment is required for the sake of clarity. This was done for at least two reasons: First, the documents speak for themselves and do not need any editorial comment; second, in the interest of objectivity and fairness, our intent is to "Let the reader arrive at his or her own conclusions!" This is not an attempt to smear or heap blame or ridicule anyone, particularly not Dr. George Robert Garrison, his colleagues or his detractors. 

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