In the wake of the closure of 20+ programs and dozens of layoffs of faculty and staff positions,…
The Better Way Forward
In the wake of the closure of 20+ programs and dozens of layoffs of faculty and staff positions,…Read More
Students and Parents
We have learned that many students believe their free speech is in jeopardy regarding their opinions and feelings…Read More
Number of signatures on open letter to trustees and Bruntmyer
Still no official response.
Quickly becoming a nationwide movement.
“Save Hardin-Simmons” began as a movement to “Save Logsdon Seminary,” after a late night email sent by current HSU President Eric Bruntmyer, curtly announcing the closure of Logsdon Seminary. The same email trumpeted a new plan the administration calls The Way Forward. The current administration’s proposals and ways are not the way for a bright and healthier Hardin-Simmons. We believe strongly in the ideas proposed as The Better Way Forward.
This movement is growing – and always has been- bigger than Logsdon. Our sincere concern is not only for the future of Logsdon Seminary but for the very future of HSU.
What Save Hardin-Simmons Means
So, what do we mean when we say we want to “Save Hardin-Simmons”? As far as movement leadership is concerned, we are hoping to save HSU from…
1. A seemingly utter lack of transparency
2. Increasing loss of academic freedom
3. The erosion of tenure, and the dismantling of faculty job security
4. An increasing culture of “progress” and buildings over people.
5. A misplaced emphasis on administration over faculty (the heart of any university) leading increasingly to lack of funding for liberal arts education
All of these things run, not only counter to a healthy and viable university system, but seem antithetical to the ethos we know and love when we think of all that makes Hardin-Simmons a wonderful university.
Our movement is composed of concerned alumni, donors, current and former faculty and staff, students, parents, and the concerned public. We seek changes, not only with the future and direction of Logsdon Seminary, but within all of HSU.
The administration has deployed a number of tactics to quiet and even silence dissent. Some of these tactics amount to petty behavior, like buying over a dozen domain names to prevent us from launching this website. Other tactics on the part of the administration to control the narrative are more nefarious. We have heard first hand and credible accounts of students, alumni, and even trustees being bullied by HSU.
If all of this sounds disturbing to you, we hope you’ll take time to read the contents of The Better Way Forward, and the contents of this site, to fully understand the concerns of our movement. Action must be taken sooner rather than later. We are running out of time to Save Hardin-Simmons.
American Council of Trustees and Alumni Weighs In on HSU
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. They also thoroughly investigate action by university trustees. ACTA has publicly released a letter sent to the HSU board of trustees which raises serious concerns.
The latest public 990 reveals that Hardin-Simmons University President Eric Bruntmyer received a raise of $80,649 from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. His total compensation package jumped to $419,029, up from $338,380 the previous year.read more
The HSU family needs financial transparency from the Trustees because the CFO is refusing to answer questions.read more
During the Great Depression, the ministry training programs at Simmons College inspired a gift that would change the course fo the college, and her name.read more
If the president at the time announced to the board that the Logsdon gift was for both graduate and undergraduate education, and if that gift created a school separate from the Liberal Arts School, and if the first dean understood that his MA program was the early formation of a seminary, then how is The Way Forward not a gross violation of trust with the largest gift HSU had ever received to that point?read more
The real question is not whether Hardin-Simmons can live without the BGCT’s annual contributions. Rather, it is whether Hardin-Simmons can afford the cost of continuing to receive them.read more
This week’s letter from ACTA is incredibly significant. Please SHARE with anyone invested in saving HSU. Please circulate this news widely. It is affirming and encouraging to our work!read more