State 29: Do You Know What I Mean?
Excerpted from this post at State 29
... I can't begin to speculate on what's what in this entire mess, but it sure seems to me that it all points back to Tom Vilsack. Michael Gartner, I mean Tom Vilsack, wants a UI President with health-care experience. Well, why is that so important now when it has never been an issue in the past 150-odd years? It all goes back to the Wellmark debacle. Attorney General and Democrat Tom Miller ruled that Vilsack's appointment of John Forsyth, Wellmark's CEO, to the Board of Regents in 2003 was a serious conflict of interest. David Skorton, the only UI President with health-care experience, had problems with a contract the hospital had with Wellmark over reimbursement rates. Gartner, I mean Vilsack, didn't like that, so Skorton was dissed at raise time and was lured away to The Other Cornell.