Sen. Bill Haine is introducing legislation to give Gov. Pat Quinn a clean slate to start over and appoint an all-new Southern Illinois University board of trustees.
How embarrassing that it has come to this. It shouldn't take such drastic legislative action to resolve a petty internal power struggle.
This is all Quinn's fault because he tried control who its chairman would be, then refused to back down when the Senate wouldn't let him have his way.
Quinn should be making new appointments but instead his longtime ally on the board, Roger Herrin, tried an end run this week to grab power. Herrin tried to get himself voted in as the permanent board chairman, even though three of the seven trustee seats are vacant. Obviously choosing a chairman should wait until the vacancies are filled and SIU Edwardsville again has representation on the board. A trustee had to walk out of the meeting to stop this farce.
The legislature throwing out the rest of the board seems extreme to us. But Haine is right when he says that SIU needs a stable environment for leadership and that the turmoil is inexcusable.