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  •  Mitch is treating it like a sinecure. (0+ / 0-)

    This is not a criticism of Mitch Daniels.  Neglect is sometimes benign.

    He's bringing his cronies is, which seems to be SOP at the university level.  His most radical move so far was to declare a tuition freeze and nix raises for administrators earning over $50,000.  (Oddly enough, the faculty senate convinced him to let highly-paid admins qualify for raises.)  He also made it a bit easier for students to retain patent rights to their discoveries.  

    He also made lots of outrageous, anti-teacher statements in the months before he took the job while embarking on a listening tour to at least pretend the he had the faculty's concerns at heart.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 09:24:37 AM PDT

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    •  UC Presidents don't get cut much slack, at least (0+ / 0-)

      recently. So NO sinecure here. The open question, and I'm giving my personal opinion as an alumnus and long time employee of UCB but NOT in an official capacity, is that her administrative experience, as such and in the abstract, is more important than academic qualifications, providing she can make friends with the faculty (who have already had to put up with a lot lately).

      Will she keep a lid on upper administrative salaries, and the proliferation of such positions, or not? That's the single most important question. The California taxpayers and legislature, not known for their generosity, will have a cow- in fact multiple, genetically-modified cows- if she allows past practices to continue (google "UC San Diego Chancellor Fox pay").

      Beyond that the question of weapons research has come to be pushed off center stage by the increasing importance of biotechnology and partnerships with industry. UC-Business partnerships that are too sweet for the corporations will also give taxpayers the grumpies.

      I am very curious to see how this plays out.

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