Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So, how many of you have seen the ad for the new Provost? The ad appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 18th. It was on page B9. It is filled with the usual academic jargon. Words like "transformative leader," and "strategic thinker" are in the ad. The new Provost is to be able to "...envision the future of higher education with its multiplicity of tensions and trends and to chart a course for the University of Toledo to pursue." It would also be nice if he/she could walk on water. The ad also notes that "...prior government, business, or other private sector experience is preferred." Wow, we'll get a Wall Street Banker because they did so much to help the country avoid the housing bubble and get us all back on our feet. I can hardly wait: three martini lunches, limos, bonuses. Non of that is for the faculty however. We have been slurping at the public trough for eons. The anticipation has me on the edge of my seat. Just one last thought today. I have read several articles recently and an editorial in The Blade that have all decried the state of rising tuition. None of these has noticed the incredible expansion of administrative layers in both public and private institutions. Too bad.