Thursday, July 19, 2012
I have just returned from the presentation/discussion with the second provost candidate. As with the first, I have gone in cold. I did not read the resume or talk to anyone who had spoken with her. I wanted a true first impression. On the plus side there was no formal power point presentation. She just spoke. While this appeals to my aestetic public speaking side, it did not give us the same amount of information the first candidate did. While this is probably unfair, the first candidate seemed to have done a lot of thinking about universities and where he thinks they are going. I admit to being biased in that I am not really all that happy with his conclusions. He still seemed to imply that I was in a service discipline. Candidate two has probably done the thinking, but it was not as apparant in the presentation. She did seem more interested in the liberal arts as real disciplines. She also seemed to have a lot of first hand experience in trying to make the university "relevant" to its community and the outside world. The question to which I believe I already have an answer, is whether this administration has any real interest in spending real money on non STEMM disciplines. The answer, from the previous four years is NO. I just don't believe candidate two will have any more luck changing the spending habits of this administration than did a previous provost. Candidate one will probably not be interested in changing where the money flows. As a result we in those "other" disciplines can probably expect little change with him as provost. At least that's the way I see it at 4 p.m. on a warm Thursday afternoon.