Wednesday, April 04, 2007

On selecting the new head of WVU

This article from Inside Higher Ed discusses controversy surrounding the pending selection of the next head man at West Virginia University, as one of the candidates is a political insider but not an experienced academic.

The same debate occurs elsewhere to a lesser or greater degree - should the head of an institution of higher learning be a leader in the academic sense, or rather a leader in getting money and political results for the school.

This wackier article about the situation says: "You know things are getting weird when the chairman of the board at West Virginia University is up in arms at a federal appeals judge who also happens to be a member of the university’s alumni board." The federal appeals judge is Robert King of the Fourth Circuit.

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