This story reached me via a reliable little bird.
So President Poshard is sitting at a table with some other Important People, and behind him there is a SIU seal. The seal, pictured above, includes (in addition to what in hindsight looks like a bit of smoke behind a burning Old Main), a Latin expression you may be familiar with:
D E O V O L E N T E
President Poshard apparently read the seal for the first time in his life. "So that's where they got that from!" says our President, who thereby showed that he had no clue what the motto of SIU was. Also that he was a reader of this blog, which we may want to count in his favor.
Perhaps, perhaps, as a Latin teacher, I am a bit sensitive here. But in my view if someone asks you why so many faculty here at SIUC are disgruntled, this little anecdote is one pretty efficient way to tell them. We have a university president who is too intellectually lazy to recognize the Latin motto of his university, a motto on a seal he has stood in front of dozens upon dozens of times.
If he asks you what the motto means, by the way, tell him "shared governance". God willing, he'll fall for it.