Skip to comments.At Universities, Plum Post at Top Is Now Shaky
Posted on 01/09/2007 6:43:06 AM PST by shrinkermd
...The most celebrated case involved Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary who resigned the Harvard University presidency last February after a stormy five-year tenure, which included a no-confidence vote by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the prospect of another.
But top officials have also departed after no-confidence votes at a range of other campuses, large and small, public and private, including Gallaudet University, the nations premier institution for the deaf; Case Western Reserve, a major research university in Ohio; Baylor University, a Baptist institution in Texas; and the small University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The Explanation is:
...Salary gaps contribute to the problem, as pay packages for many university presidents top $500,000. That sets the presidents off, compared to the rest of the faculty, said Ronald G. Ehrenberg, a professor of economics and industrial and labor relations at Cornell University.
...After Indiana State Universitys board gave its president, Lloyd W. Benjamin III, a raise of $25,000, to $221,000, despite freezes on pay and on staff hiring, he was hit last May with a 31-7 vote of no confidence by the faculty senate. So far, he has survived.
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Paraphrasing Russell Kirk he once said that the problem with any ideology and especially ideologies of the left is they ultimately degenerate into life or death struggles for dominance and power on the basis of who is the real true believer.
Those that truly believe in "egalitarianism" of outcome as many academics do, results in a Trotsky problem that demands a Trotsky solution.
"Some of the elite academics are waging war on their administration simply on the basis of salary differences."
That might be part of it, but I suspect that another part of it is that they want the job.
University teaching is a cushy job with lots more applicants than there are positions even though it requires the training of docs with much lower earning potential. Prootion and tenure are largely political, but it is the politics of a snake pit.
Shallow NYT article lumps in situations like Harvard and Gallaudet, which are at root ideological battles, with examples of presidents as poor administrators, thus downplaying the major problem, which is the exercise of power by radical left-dominated faculty to attack and deny positions to anyone not toeing their ideological line.