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Phil, Are You Listening?

At the meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Monday, February 13, 2017, the faculty re-ratified the following Statement of Principle:

Faculty Statement of Principles.jpg

Pretty bland stuff, right? Nope. Not at all. These ideas are the faculty’s genteel and not so gentle way of telling Phil that he is falling down on the job; the assembled professors were trying to focus our President’s attention on what ails his feckless administration and the College. Allow me to translate:

1. Don’t abandon the present faculty in favor of your little clusters and pet energy institute.

2. The notion of shared governance has meaning. Ignore the faculty at your peril.

3. Diversity bla-bla-bla. (I believe that by law a reference to diversity and inclusiveness has to appear in all College documents.)

4. We need to be paid like professors at our peer institutions. Now.

5. The place is falling apart, and we don’t want a system for allocating space imposed upon us. We need to participate in decisions about new buildings. Too many un-kept promises about renovations and investments have been made in the past.

Phil is on notice now. If he doesn’t respond, what will be the faculty’s next step?

Addendum: Members of the faculty singly and in groups have been to see Phil to criticize his poor performance as President and the lack of purpose and achievement of his administration. Phil cringes, and in response he can only ask what he can do better. Then nothing happens.

At what point will the College’s professors exhaust their patience? As anyone who hires and fires with any frequency can tell you, people don’t change. With Phil Hanlon WYSIWYG.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in with a good point:

Note that the diversity boilerplate in the statement says nothing about intellectual diversity.


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