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Uni refuses to comment

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE University of the South Pacific says they will not respond to any comment made by former journalism head of school Dr Ian Webber who resigned in acrimonious circumstances just a week into USP's first semester.

This comes as USP announced yesterday that Patrick Craddock will replace Dr Webber as head of the program.

He will be joined by former Sydney Morning Herald and Newcastle Herald journalist Matthew Thompson.

Mr Craddock, who had taught and delivered programs in broadcast journalism for the past two decades, had lectured previously at USP in broadcast journalism, working with the program's former head Professor David Robie.

School of Language Arts and Media head Professor Sudesh Mishra said he hoped the journalism program would be back to normal in a week but added he would not discuss Dr Webber's resignation.

"Well I don't think it is necessary to discuss it because he has resigned so the moment that we accepted his resignation he is no longer part of USP," Dr Mishra said.

Dr Webber had told this newspaper last week there were a litany of reasons for his resignation, alleging there was mismanagement of the program and undermining of his authority as well as visa issues.

"I'm resigning over the inability of USP management to consult with the people who run the department," Dr Webber said.

"It was a litany of very poor decision- making and it wasn't so much the decisions themselves — it was the lack of consultation without them really knowing what the consequences were and you know the journalism department is a very sensitive area.

"There's also issues of not providing me with legal documentation to work in this country in a timely manner."

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