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“Wednesday, the university’s Board of Trustees accepted John Case’s resignation as vice president of finance and administration. We think he made the right decision. Case’s resignation becomes effective Feb. 28, and it will save the university about five months of his annual salary of $242,625, or around $100,000 plus benefits.”

Wednesday, the university’s Board of Trustees accepted John Case’s resignation as vice president of finance and administration.

We think he made the right decision.

Case’s resignation becomes effective Feb. 28, and it will save the university about five months of his annual salary of $242,625, or around $100,000 plus benefits.

Until that time, he will be using some of his accrued leave.

In our editorial on Tuesday, we expressed our hope that the board could find a more imaginative way to handle Case’s leave. We were concerned that the university would be paying both Case and Scott Borgemenke while they held the same position. While Case’s resignation isn’t necessarily imaginative, it is certainly fiscally responsible.

However, that may not be the last resignation UA sees this year. Board members may see another letter soon, from one of its own members.

At least, we think they should.

Gov. Ted Strickland plans to ask the state Senate to remove Jack Morrison Jr. from his position on the board. This comes along with Ohio Secretary of State Anne Brunner calling for Morrison to resign from his post on the Summit County Board of Elections.

What’s the big deal? Morrison was found guilty of two misdemeanor ethics charges in July. According to him, however, these charges don’t make Strickland and Brunner’s call for his resignation valid. When asked whether he would step down, Morrison told the Akron Beacon Journal, Absolutely not, I don’t see a reason.

We might just be college students, but it seems pretty clear that there is a reason for Morrison to resign from both positions. And it’s rather hard to believe that Morrison, who is also a president of an Akron law firm, does not see a reason to resign. What’s not clear about the words ethics, charges and guilty?

Case’s decision to resign reflects his own responsibility and maturity. Denying that ethics charges are a valid reason for state officials to expect your resignation demonstrates the opposite.

If you agree, you can contact Gov. Strickland through his Web site, http://www.governor.ohio.gov or by phone at 614-466-3555. You can contact state Senator Tom Sawyer by e-mail at senatorsawyer@maild.sen.state.oh.us or by phone at 614-466-7041.