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The Empire Strikes Back

DAM Trustees.jpgJust as the alumni revolution of the 1980’s led to a backlash by the administration — Alumni Trustees could no longer be challenged by a petition candidate in a new election after their first term on the Board — so has the revolt of the last few years led to another counter-revolution: no more parity on the Board between Alumni Trustees and Charter Trustees, and, for the time being at least, single-candidate elections.

We have never had a Board like today’s, so skewed to one type of Trustee: 61% of the members of the current Board are wealthy business school graduates with no professional experience in higher education. Meetings have the intellectual depth of a Harvard Business School reunion, and Board members have little or no understanding of faculty sentiment. The Trustees would have been more surprised than anyone by a no-confidence vote against Jim Kim, which would have taken place this year had JYK not skipped town just in time.

For the future, one wonders if the alumni will ever vote again for Trustees in an election with more than one candidate. The Alumni Magazine reports at right on the dismal outlook for the next few years.

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