New York — As Eric Daniels was grieving for his surrogate father, professor William Daly, last October, he went to lunch with William L. Pollard, president of Medgar Evers College.
Pollard had recently become president of the college after replacing Edison Jackson, the longtime leader of the college whose larger-than-life personality left a large imprint on the school.
Daniels went to the lunch with an open, if not somewhat skeptical mind. “I thought that was a generous gesture on his part,” Daniels said during a recent interview, “but I had some other things on my mind.”
After some pleasantries about Daly, who was a librarian specialist in the college’s archives, Daniels got down to brass tacks, grilling the president on why he was dismantling certain programs. “I wanted to know why he was supposedly fixing things that weren’t broke,” Daniels began. “It was like dismantling the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan was there.”