May 12, 2011, 12:40 pm
CUNY trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld’s embarrassing display of censoriousness, compounded by the board’s equally embarrassing willingness to drop Tony Kushner from its honorable degree list when Wiesenfeld denounced a straw version of Kushner’s politics and set it aflame, cast a sudden and unusual light upon the role of trustees. Now comes more news of extracurricular intervention in the world of higher learning. This time what’s at issue is the buying of an economics department.
Kris Hundley of The St. Petersburg Times (that’s Florida, not Russia) reports:
A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5-million for positions in Florida State University’s economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting “political economy and free enterprise.”