The Next Chancellor: what one CFA member wants to see

CFA received the following email from a faculty member in a STEM field.  The author underscores that we need a very different kind of administrator to lead our campus.

“I would like to see a Chancellor who is more interested in doing the job correctly than in keeping the President and Board of Trustees happy.

I would like to see a Chancellor who makes decisions based on the centrality of the intellectual activities on campus, rather than short-term political or financial considerations.

I would like to see a Chancellor who makes the time to talk to those colleagues adversely affected by his/her decisions.

I would like to see a Chancellor who respects the importance of the humanities and liberal arts on campus, so that our leadership reflects the full range of our scholarly subjects. (I say this as a member of a STEM field.)

I would like to see a Chancellor who believes in a diversity of campus which is not just different people doing the same things, but which substantially influences the way we fulfill our intellectual and societal obligations.

I would like to see a Chancellor who will not be responsible for unfair labor practices.

I would like to see a Chancellor who does not feel the need to obey public relations firms.

I would like to see a Chancellor who does not have to consult outside lawyers.”

Contributed by a Member of the Campus Faculty Association

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