Executive Dean James Perey says his Advisory Committee meetings will not be open to the public (or the press)
This Blog contacted Verde Campus Executive Dean James Perey on October 26, 2014 regarding the process the Verde Valley Advisory Committee that reports to him will follow. He was asked the following:
“I have been asked about the meeting dates, time and place of the Advisory Committee that reports to you. Can you provide that information. Also, are the meeting open to the public? Does the Open Meeting law apply? Who will chair the group?”
Executive Dean Perey replied:
“The advisory committee will be meeting once in November and once in December prior to the winter break and most likely here on campus. These meetings are not open to the public and open meeting laws do not apply. I will be chairing these meetings as we focus on gathering information and begin campus and site strategic planning.”
This means that the public and the media will not be allowed to attend and report on the activities of group.
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.” John F. Kennedy.