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University Presidents.....A Rare Breed?

Rutgers’ Athletic Director Tim Pernetti brought the school into the B1G, promptly and severely punished Coach Rice for his bad behavior by fining him $50,000 plus $30,000 in lost pay for suspension for three games, and did the ‘humane thing’ by giving the man a chance to change his ways. Pernetti’s reward was being asked to resign by University President Robert Barchi.

Coach Rice’s behavior was over the line, and, after it was exposed to the light of day, a media-fired blaze of public outrage caused his prompt dismissal. So let it be written….etc. However, firing the Athletic Director, in my opinion, serves to highlight a character flaw that seems to be surfacing lately regarding University Presidents.

The Peter Principle at major universities seems to reward high-performing panhandlers who possess the skills necessary to successfully separate alumni, industry, and government from their hard-earned money, without making waves. The Ivory Tower atmosphere in these institutions, the only places I know of where the term ‘the real world’ is actually discussed, seems to create leaders who are unable to deal with real problems, and who react badly when faced with unexpected media criticism. (Do I have to name names?)

I suspect having a backbone, strong moral character, and capacity for leadership under fire are detrimental to being promoted in a University atmosphere. What rises to the top does not seem to be cream, Can you think of a better analogy for this rise to the top?

Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?

Where’s my pipe?

Joe from Boalsburg

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