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BREAKING: Committee on the Faculty Chair Stephen Brooks Resigns in Protest

After reading Thursday’s post that summarizes President Phil Hanlon’s endless errors of judgment, it’s hard to imagine that there are still other mistakes that he could make. But Phil’s incompetence seemingly has no end, and when I returned home from a recent trip, there was an envelope in my Hanover mailbox with no return address, the contents of which showed yet again how weak a manager Phil can be.

Government Professor Stephen Brooks has been featured in this space because of his energetic efforts to restore faculty salaries to a competitive level, his fine scholarship, and his devotion to teaching undergraduates (and alumni). Brooks’ work on faculty compensation was accomplished in his role as the Chair of the Committee on the Faculty (COF) — a position he held until his recent, but until now unpublicized, resignation.

Brooks’ resignation letter, a carefully written and reasoned missive, is a valuable insight into yet another dimension of Phil Hanlon’s ineptitude. I’m glad that it found its way to my house. It shows clearly that rather than working with Professor Brooks to solve specific campus problems (faculty salaries, parking), Phil tried to isolate him, as if Brooks were no more than a troublemaker. As a result, Brooks resigned. What a disappointment:

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Some commentary tomorrow.

Addendum: Meeting with senior members of the administration is a responsibility explicitly outlined in the remit of the Committee on the Faculty:

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Yet Phil tried to cut Brooks off from doing something that he was constitutionally empowered to do? Once again: Oh, Phil.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Have you ever taken part in a football pool that pays out if you pick all the winners for the week but also pays out if you pick all the losers because that is equally difficult to do? Well, right now Phil is in the money. Simply amazing he can get everything wrong…

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