Hello, I just want to say how blessed we are to have such a wonderful man as
Huntsman here in utah... I hope everything works out with this
situation. I do think what ever decisions he makes should be honered by
all means!!He knows what is best & who does their best to insure the
greatness of him & all who has made it the best cancer treatment in the
world... Your a great & caring man Jon Huntsman ❤
Wow! Are intelligent people running the U? Seems like some are missing some
common sense here, to wit: "Don't bite the hand that feeds you!" I
don't think I know anyone as generous as Huntsman Sr and what he has
donated and created, not only to the U but the whole human race. I can
understand how he would feel. I think he has more than an invested right to
complain and the Governor and others ought to listen carefully.
FerdStealing "funds" that were donated for a specific
purpose is morally and ethically wrong.When any institution solicits
funds for a specific purpose, donors should be able to rely on the honesty and
integrity of the institution to use those funds for the purpose for which they
were donated.As one who has "picked up a stethoscope," you,
as much as anybody, should know that patients rely on your integrity to make
moral and ethical decisions in their behalf.When an institution
accepts funds intended for a specific purpose, that institution accepts those
funds with the implied promise to use those funds for that purpose.
@christy bWrong on both of your thoughts. One thing I do know is Jon
Huntsman has never picked up a stethoscope. I have. As someone who has worked
for years in several healthcare systems I understand that they all use money
from successful service lines to support other vital services that will never be
profitable. The fact some are not profitable is not a reflection of competence
of administrators and Mr. Huntsman should know this. His reckless statements
could threaten the overall mission of the U Med Center and medical school. Is
that what the people of Utah want? I think not...even if we have to lose his
money. It would be sad but its up to him. Be the big person Mr Huntsman, you can
do it! Give and step back. Let the top notch folks at the U continue to be
Ferd"I’d suggest Mr Huntsman reconsider his position and
apologize. He is better than this, I hope. However, if he keeps pressing, starts
lawsuits and pulls his donations so be it. This state doesn’t need his
type of tantrums and we’ll get along fine."Sounds like
someone is either totally clueless about how much Mr. Huntsman has done for the
done, or you're covering for a personal friend.
The University of Utah health system was ranked #1 nationally in quality and
accountability in 2016 receiving the prestigious Vizient top ranking for
academic medical centers. They have been in the top ten for 6 straight years.
This is a much more impactful accomplishment on people's lives than a #1
sports championship by a long shot.This wonderful achievement was
done under the leadership of many but especially Dr. Lee and Pres. Pershing. Mr
Huntsman’s public statements regarding Pres. Pershing and Dr. Lee are
untrue/defamatory. He owes the public, them both and the University of Utah a
huge apology. It is simply irresponsible to behave as he has done. It is
irresponsible to believe that any medical service line, even one as good as HCI,
should dominate the entire UUHC enterprise. Going down that path will damage the
entire system, hurt patients and cost taxpayers in the long run. I’d
suggest Mr Huntsman reconsider his position and apologize. He is better than
this, I hope. However, if he keeps pressing, starts lawsuits and pulls his
donations so be it. This state doesn’t need his type of tantrums and
we’ll get along fine. U Med Alum, 30 yrs practice not at the U.
This "dark of night" firing should not stand. I wonder what else will
come out now? It seems this story is just beginning to be told, I hope our
local media will stay on the job.
@CG - Provo, UT"The U is more interested in spending millions on
fancy athletic facilities and scoreboards, than they are in lifesaving cancer
research."====If I'm not mistaken the newest athletic
building on campus is the Jon & Karen Huntsman Basket Ball Complex (
donations from you know who) and the new scoreboard is in the Huntsman Center
(again donations from you know who).
The Huntsman family is a pillar of Utah philanthropy and will still be here
years after any temporary ambitious medical administrators. In their foolish
rush to grab the Huntsman Cancer Institute's profits, Dr. Lee and Dr.
Pershing have shot the entire university system in the foot, turning away
hundreds of millions in money from the Huntsman family. No temporary
administrator is worth the $$ that Lee and Pershing just lost. Pershing and Lee are definitely not here to stay with us in Utah - just like
others of their type, they'll be rushing off to their new positions at
other "bigger" universities the second they get the chance. This is so
far beyond basic incompetence - cowardly email firing of a national superstar is
worse treatment than a minimum-wage fast-food employee ever gets.
Arizona1 - Tucson, AZMr. Huntsman is very knowledgeable concerning
the diversion of HCI cancer research funding to support the U hospital and is
acting like this because previous avenues of dialog have been exhausted. This is
not the first inning of the ball game.
@gramma-b;"It sounds like the U is playing the unethical game that
universities play all the time, playing shell games with donor money. If
Huntsman can put a stop to it, good for him."Google U of Utah
lawsuit and soon-shiong university of utah.I guessing Dr. Beckerle
didn't like the ethics, or lack of, from Vivian Lee.
....."he should have been let go a long time ago."I agree
I have been saddened and shocked at Mr. Huntsman's behavior. Money in no
excuse. Surely there is fault on both sides, as there almost always is. But
lawsuits? publicly calling people out? demanding the resignation of all he
disagrees with? and using his ownership of a newspaper to print his version of
things?I see no wisdom here, no humility, no grace, no maturityanger can be a catalyst for change but it has tunnel vision and will
never truly solve problems
Bad timing, Pershing.Lab coats are marching in the streets today to
protect funding...and you are turning away benefactors?
We can be sure that for every employee who was willing to reveal his/her
identity by demonstrating against Beckerle's firing, there are many others
who did not do so for fear of retribution by Lee. That said, to
begin with, who is responsible for Lee concentrating so much power? She is:--Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah--Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and --CEO of
University of Utah Health Care. Time for accountability, due
process, and end to centralization of decision-making at the U!
When I read the headline, I thought, "Who does Huntsman think he is?"
But, when I read the article, I changed my mind. It sounds like the U is
playing the unethical game that universities play all the time, playing shell
games with donor money. If Huntsman can put a stop to it, good for him.
@detmer - Sandy, UTApril 21, 2017 4:59 p.m."Hospitals are
complex and involve many patient services. Cancer is one of them. What about
heart services, the burn unit, women's care, psychiatry, pediatrics,
internal medicine, the Moran eye center and all of the other surgical
specialties? The list goes on and on. Many services don't make money but
people still need to be served."Premised on your comment, if
it's as you say, these other areas of the U's system are struggling
under the leadership of Pres. Pershing, and Dean and CEO Dr. Lee. But yet the
Huntsman Cancer Institute is not, under the leadership of Dr. Berkerle, perhaps
that could indicate some level of mismanagement by the former, and not the
latter, would it not? So maybe it's exactly as Mr. Huntsman suggests, that
Dr.. Lee, Mr. Pershing and others involved are attempting to siphon resources
from HCI to cover losses at U Health and elsewhere. And if that is what was/is
happening, then it also stands to reason that the reason behind Dr..
Berkerle's termination was that she was resistant to such attempts. Perhaps
it's time for a top to bottom independent audit of the entire University
system. Open the books & let's see
Mr. Huntsman is correct. Financially stressed hospitals look for money in any
manner possible to balance their books. Diverting funds from cancer research at
the Huntsman Cancer Institute to prop up mismanagement at the UofU hospital is
unacceptable. The medical school's CEO is desperate and desperate people
are unreliable, i.e. firing the Institute's director because she objected
to the diversion of funding. Those giving to cancer research do not want their
donations spent on a mismanaged hospital. President Pershing should have stepped
in and prevented this abuse. Bad management should be identified and replaced,
Wow. Why in their right minds would they want to cross the Huntsman's? The
only answer is this must be a huge money grab, just as Mr. Huntsman says it
is.Being a physician, I know the hospital business can be very dirty,
indeed. I have a feeling this going to come down the public citizens rallied by
Huntsman vs the State of Utah.
@April 21, 2017 1:56 p.m."I'm disappointed with how
Huntsman has handled this with the media. Sure, fight for what you feel is in
the best interests of patients, employees, and control of your family's
organization. But I would have expected a man as successful and generous as him
to handle many of the issues privately and with more decorum and
meekness."I'm firmly behind Jon Huntsman Sr. at this point
in the process. Additionally, I'm a bit fond of these quotes, and I think
they may be somewhat appropriate now; "Sunlight is said to be the best of
disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.", and;
"Behind every argument is someone's ignorance." - Louis D.
Brandeis, Supreme Court Associate Justice 1916 -1939
As an alumnus of Loma Linda University, I can assure you that my alma mater will
be more than glad to include Mr. Hunstman into their excellent cancer research
center's tent. His input would always be considered as important and
to be taken seriously.The U of U is not the only go-to place for fighting
Hooky"I don't personally know anything about what happened
here, or who is actually in the wrong, so I will sit back and wait for more
information to come to light."The blame for lack of transparency
rests entirely on Pershing and Lee who hid behind emails and vague explanations
of needing "to move an Institution forward" instead of citing the real
reasons for Beckerle's firing.It speaks volumes when Jon
Huntsman Sr., who has invested BILLIONS in the Huntsman Cancer Institute, is
calling for Beckerle to be reinstated immediately and for Pershing and Lee to be
fired for their incompetent leadership.
The U is more interested in spending millions on fancy athletic facilities and
scoreboards, than they are in lifesaving cancer research.Unless
Pershing and Lee can articulate a legitimate reason for Beckerle's firing,
Beckerle should be re-instated immediately, and Pershing and Lee should be fired
for their incompetent leadership.
Mr. Burton and the Governor are overseers and have responsibility here. U of U
is a State sponsored school receiving state tax dollars, not a private school.
Enough said. Any attacks on Jon Huntsman are without merit since he
doesn't parade around telling all of the things he does. He is proud of
the Huntsman Cancer Institute since it is his favorite and he started it. If
the public knew of the other things he and his wife have done quietly, there
would be no criticism. I have known Jon for a long time and he has the right to
be upset and call out those responsible for what goes on at the U.
Like all other Universities, it's all about the money. Academia has become
Firing someone via emailThat pretty much sums it up...I think we
need to dig in a little deeper and find out what is up with these
The University of Utah should by now be used to inept leadership filled with
personal and ideological hidden agendas. The only really decent president
since the last great one, Dr. James Chipman Fletcher was recently Dr. Young. It
is a shame to see a great institution ruined by idiots at the top which has also
led to a flock of faculty who are not all that much better. I'm only glad
I went there from 1964 to 1968 when the leadership and faculty were on a much
more solid foundation. And it did not hurt that my tuition was only $65.00 a
I'm sure the comments in this thread are testing the limits of those who
approve them. Bless Jon Huntsman Sr., but the ax he swings is hitting a
lot of bystanders. I don't see the need to take out the governor. And, that
is a pretty condemning accusation against H. David Burton. Those are just two of
those being hit. I do think such things this should not be hid behind the
guise of being private matters. The reason(s) for Dr. Beckerle's firing
should be shared with the public. When you hold a community position, it becomes
a public matter. Not only that, but I sometimes wonder if keeping such things as
this private serves those who are doing the firing more than those who are
fired. I think of the words in the U.S. Constitution, calling for public trials.
Hiding justice behind locked doors is not justice.
Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of the greatest men the human race ever produced. If he
says something, we should listen.
Obviously the reason for the firing is not public, but the way it was handled,
through an email, speaks volumes. How could any administrators in this day and
age think this was appropriate?With the few facts that are
available, I would side with Jon until more facts become available, if ever.
I don't personally know anything about what happened here, or who is
actually in the wrong, so I will sit back and wait for more information to come
to light. When the truth is finally clear, then and only then will I make a
judgement.It's unbelievable how many commenters here are
rushing to judgement in this matter without being involved in the situation in
Anybody that knows anything about the history of the Huntsman family and the
Cancer Center would easily conclude that what Pershing and Lee have done here is
one of the biggest and most outrageous blunders and affronts to a real and
valued partner that could ever be dealt - an almost unforgivable act.Imagine giving your whole life's work and most of your considerable
assets to build a cancer center, even maintain it's funding with additional
50 and 100-million loans to cover obligations to the center to maintain it
during down economic times - all told produce over $2.2 billion for the creation
and maintenance of that center, and then to be dealt such an egregious blow to
the center, the principal founder, chief donor, and their exemplary, generous,
and service-oriented family. To commit an act that anyone with common sense
would know would sever that relationship.Shocking indeed.They have also damaged the career of one of the greatest leaders in the fight
to eradicate cancer, this wonderful director who was let go. They cannot claim
"inside information", as they kept her on as a professor. This decision is just stupid! And stupid is the only word that fits.
Say No to BO--Yay, somebody else that remembers the offensive attitude and
action of the U you sited in your Strike #1 comment.SO interesting--
the University would NOT stand up to who they should have in that
situation........And yet now in this latest, they are going to stand up to and
bite the hand that feeds them??Just unbelievable.And
demonstrates so eloquently the insanity that infects-- sadly --too much of the
U.Really hope Huntsman prevails-- and those at the U who need to be
removed will be.
After Two Decades of Cancer Research in Utah? United Health Foundation
America’s Health rankings 2012 cancer deaths - Utah ranked 1st
(lowest). United Health Foundation America’s health rankings
Cancer Deaths by State Deaths due to ALL causes of cancer per 100,000
population. 2016. Utah #1 lowest at 149.3, U.S. average 189.9. Page 60-61.
As Utah's death rate for 2015 from cancer was the lowest in the nation at
149.3 [check] per hundred thousand residents, and the national average is about
40 deaths higher at 189.9, by having faith in the health rules of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, many lives were spared. How many? Multiply 40 times 30 (3 million
population), or 1200 Utahns are alive for 2016, as compared to the U.S.
average. United Health Foundation America’s health rankings Cancer
Deaths per 100,000 population Utah #1 . p.126. for 2015.United Health
Foundation America’s health rankings Cancer deaths per 100,000 population
Utah #1 LOWEST. p.128, for 2014 United Health Foundation
America’s health rankings Cancer deaths per 100,000 population Utah #1.
Utah #1 LOWEST p. 116 2013. This is the PLACE (to do cancer research.)
1-Burton's former calling in the LDS church has no bearing on his ability
to administrate effectively as the chairman of the board of trustees.
Wasn't Huntsman an area 70? This has nothing to do with their goodness as
individuals or their service in the church.2-Huntsman is spot on with
regards to Pershing and Lee. As a graduate of the U med school, I'm
disgusted at what has happened as excellent people have been forced out over and
again.3-Who fires people, let alone someone in Dr. Beckerle's
position, by an email? That's not leadership, it's cowardice.4-To make a difference, write the Governor, the Board of Trustees, and
President Pershing-I already have.
Is Beckerle a public employee? If she is we the taxpayers have every right to
know the reason for her termination.
When someone gives a gift, he loses ownership of that gift. He may choose to
not give another gift; but, what has been giv'sn, has been given.Because the University has chosen to remain silent, one can only guess about
the reasons for firing someone by email. However, to me, it's very
confusing to know that someone in high office who was fired was retained by the
University as a professor. That fact alone makes me wonder if Ms. Lee and the
President are qualified to do what their jobs require.Wouldn't
it be prudent to have an independent group investigate the whole matter?
Wouldn't it be prudent to have some outsider verify that the "gift"
has been used properly and that all legal procedures are being followed?I'm very disappointed in the way Mr. Huntsman has handled
everything. Demanding resignations before the facts are known seems childish to
me. That's not the way that I do business. I'm surprised that
it's the way that he does business.
Hospitals are complex and involve many patient services. Cancer is one of them.
What about heart services, the burn unit, women's care, psychiatry,
pediatrics, internal medicine, the Moran eye center and all of the other
surgical specialties? The list goes on and on. Many services don't make
money but people still need to be served. The University needs to control how
ALL of its dollars are distributed to make the place function well. That is what
makes sense for taxpayers. Whatever you do, don't sign the petition
because it will be bad for patients and the taxpayers.
Mr Huntsman is out of line. He has needed the University of Utah and the support
of taxpayers for years to help make HCI what it is today, especially when it was
struggling. In other words, it has never been just Jon Huntsman or his money.
HCI was always a University of Utah conceived project from the beginning. The
University and HCI have needed each other since the start. As far as
contributing 1/3 or support, sure that's a big nickel if it's true,
but remember 2/3 came from other sources, including you and I. In these news
reports he has become the embodiment of what he accuses others of being.
I'm ashamed he was ever a leader in the LDS church because a good church
leader would never act like this. He has besmirched the reputations of three
respected people who are terrific leaders at the University. I've met H
David Burton, former presiding LDS Bishop, President Pershing, and Dr Vivian
Lee. They are all outstanding people. Don't believe for a minute that this
decision materialized out of thin air or that the Huntsmans were in the dark.
Most of the comments on this thread are ridiculous. The vicious public comments
of Mr. Huntsman are thuggish and his temper tantrum is childish. Anyone who
has ever administered anything knows that you can't talk publicly about a
personnel matter, so the U can't talk about what triggered this action.
But it was signed off on by the U President and by the U board of trustees,
including Bishop Burton, who is one of the most respected individuals in the
state. All these people know Mr. Huntsman, and knew very well he would react
in this personal and bullying manner, so we can pretty sure that they had a very
good reason to do what they did. Like everyone else commenting, I have no idea
what would have triggered the dismissal of Ms. Beckerle, but if Mr. Huntsman has
a problem with it he can make his case without this schoolyard name calling of
everyone in sight who dares question him.
Beckerle's firing is only the latest in Lee's practices and style of
running the place. She has caused the departure of valuable researchers.
The University continues in PR fumble formation. Unless/until they give reasons
for Beckerle's dismissal this is not going away. Even then, their failure
to consult with the Huntsmans just boggles the mind. Huntsman Sr's ad is
typically hard hitting, and you can certainly feel his level of frustration. Huntsman Sr. is a visionary entrepreneur who made his fortune calling
his own shots. How he has been able to deal even up to this point with a
university bureaucracy and all its accompanying politics and egos, is beyond me.
This may be the proverbial straw that breaks the back of this relationship.
Pershing at bat:Strike 1- Deep-sixing an honorary award because the
recipient was a traditional family advocate. (Award finally given after she
resigned from the board of World Congress of Families.) Strike 2 - U
of U billed as a sanctuary campus.Strike 3 - Offend Jon Huntsman.You're out! Time for a new president.
There must be some incredible information lurking under the surface when one of
the Huntsmans, especially dad himself, is so upset.COULD SOMEONE
PLEASE RESPOND:What can the average Utah citizen do to support Jon
Huntsman, Sr's efforts to oust Pershing and Lee?
Jon Huntsman is right! As a Utah alum, I have noticed that the University
President consistently sides with Krazy advice from his underlings. He seems
particularly insensitive to concerns of alumni.
@Arizona1.I'm not big follower of all the doings of Huntsman Sr. But,
he is a highly respected businessman and philanthropist. My guess is he has been
dealing with Pershing and Lee directly for years. He has apparently hit a brick
wall with them as well as the Board of Trustees and even Governor Herbert. Granted these are assumptions. Can anyone tell me if Huntsman Sr. has a
recent history of flying off the handle? If not, the U of U house-cleaning is
definitely in order.
I know Jon M. Huntsman Sr and his family personally.Mr.
Huntsman's mother died from cancer when he was very young.Later, his
father did as well.He himself has had many close calls with it.I remember years ago, He promised himself and God, that if he was ever
blessed with the means, that he would give everything he had to fight
cancer so that others would NOT have to suffer what he has.He has
stayed TRUE to his word.If Jon Huntsman supports Dr. Mary Berkerle,
then so do I as well.If Jon Huntsman Sr. wants UoU Dr. David Pershing and
Vivian Lee fired -- then Do IT!I stand with whatever Jon M. Huntsman
Sr. says or does 100%P.S. - Mr. Huntsman has also been an LDS
Mission President, LDS Stake President and LDS General Authority.A man of
genuine impeccable integrity.True and Faithful - always.
Go Jon go!!Have had enough of U of U insanity.
If this were a private institution, I would say it's none of our business.
But because it's a state funded school, we need to know if there is
chicanery going on. Pershing need to start explaining his actions.
If this is indeed a power grab, he probably needs to be replaced. If Dr.
Beckerle was fired for cause, that now needs to be made public.
I'm disappointed to see the name calling. Yes, as Trump has proven, being
brash attracts a lot of attention, but I think Huntsman, Sr. can still exercise
a lot of clout and be civil about it. As a public, we know very little about the
circumstances (Beckerle isn't speaking and neither is the University).
Where is Huntsman getting his information? If it is from Beckerle, it might be a
little one-sided.I'm not saying that Huntsman is wrong in
questioning University leadership or that Beckerle should have been let go, but
with so few facts, I do not believe we should be choosing sides at the drop of a
hat. Furthermore, the scorched earth proposals of Huntsman do not allow for the
dialogue that should be happening right now.
Without knowing the key players or the business and personal relationships at
hand, this situation appears to be RIFE with corruption on the side of U of U
Administration. How does a University President and healthcare facility CEO
dismiss an institute Director and CEO by email? And how do they do this without
consulting with the institute’s chief benefactor—one who’s
name is on the building?! This is ASTOUNDING!!! The arrogance, pride and
corruption that appear to be in Pershing and Lee’s DNA is simply
unbelievable. The PR nightmare this has created for the University and the
state alone are grounds for severe punishment, if not removal of Pershing and
Lee from their positions. I’m a University of Utah graduate,
and I love my alma mater. But, the U will not see one dime in contributions
from me for ANYTHING until these two administrators are removed.
WOW....can't believe UofU would go against the wishes of Jon Sr. does
anyone in that administration know what they are doing? The administration
better wake up and understand who brought them to the dance. What a black eye
to the University. Of course it's all about the money regardless if
it's research or college sports. The reason boosters/donors give money is
to help what they believe in weather it's inside the lab or on the gridiron
doesn't matter. They control the purse. In return university
administrators better listen to the donors or the they will be back grading
papers at the community college. Nobody remembers the paid administration only
those who donate their time and money. Listen to the Huntsman family they
deserve to be heard.
I work for the University of Utah Hospital and have had dealings with Vivian
Lee. She is exactly as Mr. Huntsman described. If the board backs her, it is
because they are her cronies. She cares for little other than advancing her own
career. She is without ethics or scruples. It is time for a new board of
trusties. Please, make Vivian Lee go away!!!!I'm behind Jon Huntsman
Although not a U of Utah graduate, I am a very strong supporter. This pointless
dismissal needs to be corrected. I am totally in support of Jon Huntsman and
his comments. It seems that whenever Burton is involved (think UTA) there are
significant problems. Pershing has always just been a tool for the Utah
government politicians. Lee would seem to be the culprit here. I
would guess that it is a bad personality clash between the two women that caused
this apparently unjustified firing, with Lee not even having the backbone to do
it face-to-face. That is shameful, IMO as a retired management consultant.
The response by both sides is incredible - the University press release has
vague phrases "look to the future" and "closer collaboration"
between HCI and the U, yet Jon Sr and the employees at HCI know this is about
the "revenue stream". If there's a fight, its almost always
about money, and right now the University administrators think that cancer
revenues in the future are worth more than Huntsman donations, so they are
taking over and fired Beckerle as the first move. That's why Jon and
anyone else who works at HCI are so angry. If you are a cancer patient treated
at the cancer hospital, you want your money to be used for cancer research and
care, not for "combined resources" in University Healthcare systems.
@alansutton;"One speaks like that only when one feels powerless to do
anything else. Perhaps, despite what he wants us to think, he really is
powerless."Powerless? Right. This is the guy the LDS Prophets
and GA's have borrowed private jets from. A couple of well placed phones
calls (I'm betting those are taking place) and he will get things done
behind the scenes. These ads are just the public side of his actions.
Wow, wow, wow! As one who worked at University of Utah Healthcare for about 18
years and had some time at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, I will say that I believe
the University of Utah Healthcare system is outstanding. A family member
recently spent 8 weeks at University Hospital and the care there was excellent.
The University Hospital is ranked #1 in the nation for Quality in a ranking of
major University medical centers. I do not know Vivian Lee or President
Pershing, but I do know this: I wouldn't want a man whose name appears on
the University's basketball arena to be upset with me. I just hope Jon
Huntsman Sr. is being objective and sincere and that he has some grounds for the
serious accusations he is making. If not, then I think the citizens of Utah
should qualify his behavior as akin to a child's temper tantrum.
Let's hope some facts come out to help everyone (including the Governor)
get a handle on this mess. A lot of people like Jon Huntsman, including me, but
lets hope for calm and objective evaluations.
Someone with credibility with the public, but more importantly with Jon Huntsman
Sr. needs to step in and take charge of this situation before the U's
reputation is thoroughly trashed. This is rapidly spiraling out of control.Right or wrong, anyone following this story should understand that
Huntsman is saying that right now there is zero accountability and a glaring
lack of ethical behavior at the highest levels of the U of U.Without
a thorough house-cleaning, I think the U of U can kiss the Huntsman
Family's future contributions goodbye.On an earlier story, I
commented that PR consultants should be brought in. But now, it appears crisis
management consultants are desperately needed at the U.
The situation is worse than I thought. I was hoping Pershing was a loose cannon
here, but if Jon is throwing daggers and Burton and Herbert too, things are
looking bleak.Then to hear Jon turn to the people of Utah for
help...you now know that the wagons have been circled and the gov, the trustees
and Pershing are locking arms in defense of Lee. Yikes!Suddenly Loma
Linda and St. Jude are looking good to Huntsman. And $250 million in pending
funding are nothing to sneeze at. This is all about politics and
Whenever a group of employees stages a demonstration to try to get a fired
supervisor back on the job - it SHOULD be a red flag to any/all who hold sway
over that persons job.MOST times employees couldn't care less,
or are more than happy to see an administrator removed.The
University obviously made a BIG mistake this time for which they are going to be
held accountable.The question is: will the Board of Regents do their
job and fire Pershing and Lee, or will the legislature need to just cut back
funding to the legislature to make the point??
time for more audits
Huntsman SHOULD petition the board of regents to fire both Lee and Pershing.They should notify them via email of their termination and have a couple
of university cops escort them from their offices. (why NOT "one-up"
the terrible termination of Berkhli?)In my (admittedly
limited)interactions with university officials I have perceived an uncanny sense
of arrogance and elitism from the whole bunch of them.
I'm disappointed with how Huntsman has handled this with the media. Sure,
fight for what you feel is in the best interests of patients, employees, and
control of your family's organization. But I would have expected a man as
successful and generous as him to handle many of the issues privately and with
more decorum and meekness.
I would not normally comment on something that I know very little about but I
get the feeling JHS is spot on with his assessments of what is happening at the
U. His description of the hospital and cancer institute matches the service and
caring witnessed the past couple of years as my Father lost his battle with
cancer.JHS is one of the most generous and caring people I know of
and the Huntsman Center reflects those traits perfectly. The U? Their care and
compassion doesn't hold a candle. I'm saddened such a fine institute
is associated with such a poor university. I hope JHS finds success enacting
change for the better.
Every Utahn-directly or indirectly-has benefited from the generosity of the
Huntsman family. How dare the University blemish this legacy, just to benefit
the career of Vivian Lee? Members of my family, and countless others, received
incredible treatment at the Cancer Institute. This is a jewel for Utah and the
University is using it as an ATM. We all need to stand by the Huntsmans, who
have been there for us for so long.
Give 'em heck, Jon.A family member of mine was treated for
cancer at the Huntsman Center and received excellent care. I really
like that this guy is not afraid to do the right thing.
Wow... just wow.
Listened to interview, Mr Huntsman was hot! Resisted Doug's question
"have you spoken to Pres Pershing" It sounds like the U is removing
Huntsman favoring administration to take control of Huntsman Cancer. I have
heard that out of state control has taken over at the U Hosp and IHC. A battle
is underway for sure.
This shows a different side to the Huntsman family. Publicly deriding a college
Dean, a University's President and the Governor as "unfit",
"unethical", "dishonest" and "vindictive" won't
resolve any problems. One speaks like that only when one feels powerless to do
anything else. Perhaps, despite what he wants us to think, he really is
I'm 100% behind Jon. Well done, someone in this state with a backbone.
If the U hopes to keep getting Huntsman dollars they'd better make the
changes, are they prepared to leave money on the table? While I normally
wouldn't like a philanthropist using clout like this I applaud Mr Huntsman
for standing up for correct behavior from the U leadership. I'd be
interested in learning why the U leadership felt it necessary to make these
changes and how they had worked with the Cancer leadership to change behaviors
or practices, as would be typical by any HR group in any company. And if a
change was deemed necessary it wouldn't be of much surprise to anyone
involved. It's a shame the U's leadership would choose to seemingly
hamstring such a vital institution like the Cancer Institute.
Sounds like there is an awful lot of house cleaning necessary at the U.
Good to see Jon Sr stand up and be heard. Money talks!!