One would think if anyone in the state has a full plate, it’s Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby. The casino license for the gargantuan Wynn project in Everett is under review for “suitability” amid charges of sexual assault and rape against Steve Wynn. Yet it seems Crosby has is eye on another job—chancellor of UMass-Boston.
The Gaming Commission’s investigative arm is looking into the serious charges against Wynn which now include rape. Steve Wynn has resigned from his company while still denying any wrongdoing. The whole thing is a mess and the commission’s actions can range from doing nothing since Wynn resigned, to mandating that the Wynn name be removed, to ruling the resort casino project and license be sold. The last seems unlikely but it’s still possible.
Crosby couldn’t be blamed if the chancellorship of UMass-Boston looks more attractive. Although the UMass-Boston job has its own challenges, it’s still academia versus the sometimes-ugly world of gambling. Besides, he would more than double his salary at UMass.
It’s not as if Crosby doesn’t have a strong connection to UMass. As the Boston Herald reports, he was founding dean of UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. He has private sector experience as well. He founded CCI/Crosby Publishing. He has also served in various appointed positions at the State House, serving under Republican and Democratic governors.
At least he’s not trying to hide it. Crosby says he has agreed to be considered in UMass’ world-wide search for a new chancellor. “I am very flattered to be considered a possible candidate for the position of Chancellor of UMass Boston. It is a remarkable and important institution,” Crosby said in a statement reported in the Herald. “However, for now I am fully focused on my job as Chair of the Gaming Commission, which I have found to be endlessly challenging and fascinating.”
The gaming commission gig is “endlessly challenging” to say the least. In its probe into Wynn, the commission has already concluded that the company hid from it a $7.5 million settlement payment to a manicurist who alleged Wynn pressured her into sex. More recently, a woman told police she had a child with Wynn after he raped her, while another reported she was forced to resign from a Las Vegas job after she refused to have sex with him.
Elected officials and the people of Everett are rightly concerned about what all this means to the project which is quickly rising to be a behemoth in the sky. Thousands of jobs are expected toto come Everett’s way not to mention the $30 million annually coming to the city’s coffers once the resort casino opens which right now, is scheduled for next year.