Higley’s letter to Joshua and his response are shown below.
Letter from Higley: (click here to download PDF version)
Response from Joshua Robinson:
March 6, 2011
Dear Professor Higley,
This letter is in response to yours of January 20, 2011 and February 16, 2011.
I have passed the referenced oral examination and have been passed by the graduate committee.
While I have made an effort to form a new thesis committee in order to accommodate you, I have been unable to do this for reasons not of my making and beyond my control.
Therefore, in accordance with OSU handbook rules, I will continue to rely on and report to my current thesis committee. There is, however, no immediate reason for this committee to act, since it approved my PhD program of research long ago. That research is well along and proceeding satisfactorily along the lines that Dr. Hartman and I designed when it began. I am in regular communication with Dr. Hartman. During the past two months, I have continued to make measurements using the facility I built.
Also, I can personally provide any funding required to complete my PhD work.
Your husband Instructor Reese, has written to Dean Fisk stating that he wishes to withdraw from my thesis committee. I have no objection to his withdrawal, so long as he arranges for a suitable replacement who is acceptable to me. In any case, I expect that a replacement can be found before it is again necessary for my committee to act.
I recognize, of course, that Instructor Reese has been involved in my PhD work, and I will make certain that he and any other entity involved receives appropriate credit when it is published.
I intend to complete my PhD research work at OSU as effectively and expeditiously as possible. I am looking forward to postdoctoral work and already have an informal offer to do so in a prominent national laboratory.
CC Dr. Reese, Dean Adams, Dean Fisk