Belmont University power broker Mike Curb has sent a letter to BU’s faculty senate noting his support for the group and his desire to see the university’s administration rehire former women’s soccer coach Lisa Howe.
Student newspaper Belmont Vision reported late Tuesday afternoon that Curb’s office confirmed the emailed letter.
Howe stepped aside last week after revealing to players that she and her same-sex partner are planning to have a child.
Curb, the man for whom Belmont’s Curb Event Center is named and one of the university’s most nationally recognized supporters, writes in the letter he wants Belmont to reconsider its hiring policies. Calling the Howe matter an “injustice,” Curb notes that if the issue remains unresolved, the university could face difficulties hosting future high-profile concerts and events.
Belmont hosted a 2008 presidential debate.
Curb writes that though the board of trustees seemingly backed the decision regarding Howe, no high-ranking BU official contacted him prior to the coach’s stepping down. Currently, Curb serves as a trustee emeritus.
University officials said the Howe resignation was mutual but some women’s soccer team members call it a firing. The faculty senate met Monday to the address the matter, unanimously voting to approve a resolution supporting gay members of the Belmont community and inviting the administration to discuss the topic.
Belmont University interim provost Pat Raines said Tuesday that the school supports the right of its faculty senate “to craft and advance” a resolution affirming gay and lesbian members of the university community.
But Raines did not say whether Belmont president Bob Fisher or the board of trustees would soon meet with the faculty senate to specifically address concerns stemming from the Howe matter.