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The dispute at the elite private university in Illinois reflected the power of faculty dissidents as a check on university administrators, as well as conflicting views on the value of military and diplomatic experience for advancement in academia.
Forty-six faculty members signed a letter in February describing Eikenberry as a “non-academic career military officer” who was a bad fit for the job. An online petition emerged to oppose Eikenberry’s appointment.
There was no hint of the controversy to come in January 2015, when Northwestern President Morton Schapiro announced a record-setting gift of $101 million from Roberta Buffett Elliott, billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s sister. Her donation endowed what is now called the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, which aims to advance issues such as “the spread of democratic political systems, economic development in impoverished regions of the world, immigration policies and forced migrations, the impact of cultural exchanges on societies, global religious movements and global communications, media and technology,” according to a university news release.
“When people are uncertain about their organization’s future, and conclude that they are not being consulted, they assume the worst and withhold their support,” he said. “This is widely known — not only by change management specialists – but to most who work in the world of institutions. Still, it is surprisingly easy to overlook.”
originally posted by: Atsbhct
a reply to: Snarl
On another note: PhD scholars being hired by an executive with (lots of worldly experience, but) no PhD, at a university? I can see where there might be some dissent there.