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the_walrus
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« on: June 20, 2012, 7:17:35 AM »

Seriously?

http://chronicle.com/article/Purdue-May-Tap-Gov-Daniels-as/132411/

What's so sad about this, particularly in light of the UVA controversy, is that it seems that what Dragas et al are trying to pull off, Purdue may already have, and with virtually no national attention.  Hopefully this doesn't turn out to be true.
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 3:19:05 PM »

It does seem to not pass the smell test, to have a guy who appointed several members of the existing board get appointed by that board to a plum position.  That said, exactly how much power over the *academic life* of a big state uni (let alone a small private slac) does a president have these days, anyhow?
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 3:57:08 PM »

Indiana Governor's Salary  ~$100,000  (95,000)

Purdue University President's Salary  ~$500,000 (431,000)

Difficulty level?  Governor > University President

Decision?  No-brainer.   

Issue?  Does Governor want to make money or be change agent at Purdue.  If it is about Money, no worries.  If it is to be a change agent, life will be hard on Governor. 

If I were advising the Governor, take the President's job and raise money and visibility for Purdue.  Don't mess with academic stuff, too messy.  Make your life easy and host parties.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 4:09:12 PM »

It does seem to not pass the smell test, to have a guy who appointed several members of the existing board get appointed by that board to a plum position.  That said, exactly how much power over the *academic life* of a big state uni (let alone a small private slac) does a president have these days, anyhow?

The president is the advocate for the university in front of the Regents. If a tuition increase will stave off financial catastrophe, it's the president who has to make that case. You may still be free to research what you want as an academic, but you had to decide whether or not you can do it in the face of deep pay cuts and/or furloughs because the president folded like a deck chair in front of the Board.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 4:56:32 PM »

I would be very uneasy about this if I were in a department at Purdue. In particular, this guy's uncritical belief in online education as the panacea for pretty much all ills, and his commitment to cost-cutting as a good in and of itself are pretty scary.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 5:38:33 PM »

Why are all of these top universities racing to the bottom?  Are the Koch brothers trying to buy everything?  (Well, of course they are).

More to the point: Why are universities hiring guys like this to run their institutions?
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 5:40:46 PM »

I would be very uneasy about this if I were in a department at Purdue. In particular, this guy's uncritical belief in online education as the panacea for pretty much all ills, and his commitment to cost-cutting as a good in and of itself are pretty scary.

Apparently, it's the lure of the online that's sinking UVa. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012, 4:18:47 PM »

Because the Boards come from industry, business, and other industries that view life in terms of definable products only. That is, how many widgets created and at what cost? They look for "leadership" as though the context of that leadership and the assumptions that come out of it are entirely irrelevant. My contention is that they are not. We'll see in the case of Gov. Daniels.


More to the point: Why are universities hiring guys like this to run their institutions?
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2012, 5:01:51 PM »

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