Last night the AJC broke a story about Fred Cooper’s position on the State Board of Regents – Cooper has been serving on the Board of Regents since August of last year when he was appointed. But therein lies the problem and the story. Fred Cooper was never confirmed.
The question should be simple. He was appointed to the board by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2009. His photo and bio appear on the Board of Regents’ Web site.
But, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned, Cooper’s nomination was never voted on by the state Senate, as the law requires, after his name mysteriously fell off a list of gubernatorial appointments.
Cooper, who has served on the board since he was appointed in August, is suddenly in a kind of limbo.
Bob Ewing, the secretary of the Senate, told Cooper in a June 22 letter that because he was not confirmed by the Senate, his seat on the 18-member Board of Regents is now vacant and he cannot be considered for reappointment for 12 months.
Sounds like trouble in paradise. Governor Perdue is alleging that his floor leader delivered a letter with Cooper’s name on the letter to the Lt. Governor. Somewhere along the line, Cooper’s name disappeared from the list. How did his name get off this list? Why are people being so tight-lipped about what could be a simple gaff? You’ll hear more about this story in the days to come, rest assured.