Laura McKenna occasionally posts at 11-D, often to refer visitors to her writings for Atlantic Monthly. Example: Why Are Fewer College Presidents Academics?
Sometimes, as in the case of Purdue's Mitch Daniels and North Carolina's Margaret Spellings, there are trustees or legislators fed up with the transgressives forever sticking their fingers in the eyes of normal Americans. But higher education is an evolved system, with a faculty occasionally standing up to creeping corporatization and summoning the stewardship that has long been, and, properly still ought be, within their purview.
[A] college campus has a unique culture that cannot be managed like a hierarchical corporation or a governmental bureaucracy. A student protest about racism isn’t a pesky union grievance that can be managed behind closed doors or an inappropriate email that is outsourced to the Human Resources department. There is real value that comes from having a deep understanding of the dynamics of a college campus and from having the loyalty of faculty. Other non-academic college presidents should take note.Missouri's (and Yale's, and Princeton's, and Ithaca's) uprising by student radicals might not be the best place to suggest that non-academic presidents respect faculty stewardship, as the administrative usurpations began with identity politics, precisely because in that area the administrators were usurping powers in causes much of the faculty, and almost all the faculty in the grievance studies fields, were willing to support. The devastation began long before the businessmen, and the athletics directors, took over the presidential suites.
And now they have come for you. And you are surprised. Grandmaster Botvinnik would tell you that ten or twenty years ago you asked them to. Former faculty senator Karlson warned you, and you thanked me for stating opposing views so eloquently. But you did nothing to improve your position.And now you are in the position, former colleagues, where the best thing to do might be to close your eyes and think of England.