[quote]The second is personal. If your founder and very visible person is as divisive and caustic as Jerry Falwell, then there will always be that type associated with your U, fair or not. I don't want that to taint UTA's endevours.(sic)
Seriously? I suppose you must feel the same about ORU and BYU, what with the obnoxious exploits of the eponymous Oral Roberts and Brigham Young. Also, it would be good to read up on Amasa Leland Stanford. He was not exactly a saint, either.
Compared to those three gentlemen, who actually had the effrontery to name their colleges after themselves, the late Dr. Falwell looks pretty good to me.
Personally, I have an aversion to schools whose colors include orange, and schools that banned ROTC. But hey, to each his own. (BTW, it's "endeavors".)
I wasn't talking from my perspective. There are many people who consider themselves conservative dislike him and his tactics (BTW, don't confuse religion and politics, many people are conservative and non-religious and many religious are liberal politically). If you don't think Falwell is divisive, then I don't know what to tell you. Liberty U maybe his most public, lasting accomplishment.
Even in hard-right leaning Texas, his name is a flashpoint. I can't imagine what it would be in more centered places. UTA is in a conference no longer dominated by two states.
As for the other founders, they may not be modern enough to be the flashpoint that Falwell is.
[quote]I'm more conservative than you, having had an additional 30 years or so to deprogram from the liberal indoctrination of the academy, so perhaps that is another unspoken factor.