Ethics, Shmethics: Look who’s stinking up the NC Senate …

Here’s a story I came across: 

[…] UNCP Chancellor Dr. Robin Gary Cummings and Louisburg President Dr. Mark La Branche signed a memorandum of understanding on the Pembroke campus Friday.

The initial agreement allows Louisburg College graduates seeking a degree in Business Administration to make a smooth transfer to UNC Pembroke.

“The collaboration brings together two unique North Carolina institutions of higher learning with long legacies of service,” Cummings said. “We are pleased to partner with Louisburg College to provide their graduates a strong pathway to continue their education and pursue career goals.

“In UNC Pembroke’s School of Business, these students will find engaged, dedicated faculty committed to their learning and future success,” Cummings said.

“We are excited about the collaboration and we think that to accomplish the goals of our state of having more students educated at a higher level, these kinds of relationships are going to be crucial,” La Branche said.

UNC Pembroke is in the planning stages of building a $36 million state-of-the art facility to house the School of Business. The university was recently awarded a $1.89 million matching grant from the Gold LEAF Foundation to provide classroom technology for the new building. That money will be combined with the $23 million UNCP received last year from the Connect NC Bond.

The School of Business is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, earned by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

Among the Louisburg College representatives in attendance were Dr. Jim Eck, provost, and Chad Barefoot, vice president of Institutional Advancement.[…]

*Wait.  Barefoot.  Barefoot.  Barefoot?  How do I know that name?*

Of course, Chad Barefoot is a Republican member of the North Carolina Senate.  One of the committees he co-chairs is Appropriations on Education / Higher Education.  So, he has a lot of influence in the shoveling of state money to various institutions of higher learning in our state.

According to Louisburg College, Barefoot got hired onto their team in July 2016: 

Chad Barefoot of Wake Forest has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement of Louisburg College, Dr. Mark La Branche announced.

Barefoot, a former member of the Louisburg College Board of Trustees, replaces Kurt Carlson, who established the foundation for the college’s advancement program and retired June 30 after more than six years of service here.

Barefoot will serve as chief development officer for the college, which includes directing and overseeing annual fundraising programs and alumni and community relations. He will also serve as a member of the President’s cabinet and as a strategic partner to the Board of Trustees.

“We are excited to welcome Chad in his new role at Louisburg College,” said Dr. La Branche, president of Louisburg College. “Chad is a proven fundraiser and is steeped in education and higher education policy. He has a comprehensive view of colleges and universities and is passionate about the role that Louisburg College plays in the overall fabric of education in our state. His leadership and experience will assist the College in forging the types of partnerships and collaborations that will expand and secure our mission.”

In addition to his role at Louisburg College, Barefoot currently serves in the North Carolina General Assembly, where he chairs the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees.

A native of Thomasville, Barefoot holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in public management from Appalachian State University. He and his wife, Paige, have two children and are expecting a third in July.

So, let’s review.  While serving in the Senate AND chairing the committee that oversees funding for higher education institutions, Barefoot gets hired by an institution of higher learning here in North Carolina.  His new job? “[D]irecting and overseeing annual fundraising programs and alumni and community relations. He will also serve as a member of the President’s cabinet and as a strategic partner to the Board of Trustees.”

So, he got hired to bring money into the college’s coffers.  I bet that comes pretty easy when you chair the Senate committee on appropriations for higher education.  

How is that ethical — much less legal — for a legislator to oversee appropriations for the industry that employs him full-time?  (Personally, I am finding it more than a little amusing that he has a degree in ethics and another degree from Appalachian State.  We’ve covered the ethics problems at Appalachian State here and here.) 


4 thoughts on “Ethics, Shmethics: Look who’s stinking up the NC Senate …

  1. Let’s have a dailyhaymaker public ethics complaint . Might be a good next step . This deserves more attention.

  2. Louisburg College is a private non-profit corporation dumb-ass.
    Do your homework. Your premise is false.

    Would you be saying this if we were doing development work for or the American Red Cross or Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg? NO, you wouldn’t.

    How much does Chad Barefoot get paid by us to be a Senator in North Carolina? North Carolina State Senators make an annual salary of $13,951, but they have a daily per diem of $104, plus a monthly expense allowance of $559.

    Brant, how is an NC state senator supposed to feed himself and his family? Is eating not ethical? He makes less from the legislature than our public school teachers.

    Barefoot is a true conservative. If you’re a conservative too then you should get to know him better before going off half cocked. We need more ethical men like him in office.

    1. False, eh? Can you 100% guarantee that Louisburg DOES NOT get ONE DIME of government money (financial aid, construction funding, etc.) ? I don’t think you can. I believe Hillsdale College in Michigan is about the only institution in the country that can honestly claim that.

      Barefoot has no experience that qualified him for that LOuisburg job. Her’s been in government his whole adult life. (Nobody made him run for the state Senate. Besides, that job is not meant to be a career for supporting the family.)

      He got hired for that job while he was chairman of the appropriations committee for higher education. Louisburg qualifies as “higher education.” His chairmanship got him that job. If he wants to go get a real job that does not involve shaking the government money tree, I am 100% supportive of him. (But I don’t see it happening.)

      If he got hired by Franklin medical center while he was chairing a health care appropriations committee, it would be just as problematic.

      Before I go, I want to caution you about your name calling and language. If you’re going to try and talk like a tough person, have enough guts to do it with your real name and email address. (I do it every day.)

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