Last weekend, during the impromptu homecoming activities that took the place of ‘I.K. Jordan’s Homecoming,’ I sought out student leader of the ’88 DPN protest Tim Rarus and had a few moments to discuss some alternatives with him. One suggestion I inquired his opinion of was to have the Board of Trustees invalidate Dr. Fernandes’ appointment for failure to lead since May 1st, and instead, install an interim President for a limited one year contract, who would take over the day to day operations of Gallaudet beginning October 31st, and have I.K. Jordan retire two months early, on this same day. This, I argued with Rarus, would give the Board one year to search for and appoint a replacement for Fernandes, who is irreversibly crippled at this time. It would also remove Jordan, who has become persona non grata to the community for his mishandling of the crisis. Fernandes, of course, would be welcome to place her hat in the ring once again, and Jordan, or course, would be welcome to reaffirm his support of her, but they would do so not as employees of Gallaudet, but private citizens. The process would be resumed and the search for a new President would be reopened to any applicant. Rarus replied at the time that this was an idea most likely already under consideration, and was a possible solution. Today, I read with interest a letter from James F.X. Payne, from the Board of Associates of Gallaudet. It appears that Mr. Payne is of the same opinion as I am: “Find an interim neutral president and during this transition period begin the search anew…” I believe a scenario along these lines is the most likely outcome of this weekend’s Board of Trustee’s emergency meeting. Even if an interim President is HEARING, I believe we will be able to move forward knowing it is a temporary one-year-only appointment, and this person will not be considered a permanent hire. What are your thoughts on this scenario?