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(04-12-2017 10:58 AM)BusinessBronco Wrote:  http://www.wmich.edu/news/2017/04/39331

Glad the position is filled, but my reaction is...meh!
04-12-2017 12:39 PM
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(04-12-2017 10:58 AM)BusinessBronco Wrote:  http://www.wmich.edu/news/2017/04/39331

Impressive selection.Based on his biography he has an interest and a real grasp on the impact the University can have on the local and regional economy. Under his leadership here's hoping the University and the Community realizes new heights and economic prosperity.
04-12-2017 12:43 PM
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(04-12-2017 12:39 PM)GullLake Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 10:58 AM)BusinessBronco Wrote:  http://www.wmich.edu/news/2017/04/39331

Glad the position is filled, but my reaction is...meh!

Given my limited knowledge (I can probably name less than 5 current presidents of any college or university in the country), what would you have liked to have seen to have a more positive reaction? Or, is it the fact that you are in a similar situation to me where without any other knowledge, it is tough to be too excited (unless we had the president of Harvard decide he really likes Kalamazoo) or disappointed (the committee decided my lack of experience was exactly the different route they wanted to take with this next president)
04-12-2017 12:50 PM
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Quite the resume. Assume he can grow our academic profile...but the name of the game is fundraising...hope he can excel there.
04-12-2017 01:10 PM
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(04-12-2017 12:50 PM)BusinessBronco Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 12:39 PM)GullLake Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 10:58 AM)BusinessBronco Wrote:  http://www.wmich.edu/news/2017/04/39331

Glad the position is filled, but my reaction is...meh!

Given my limited knowledge (I can probably name less than 5 current presidents of any college or university in the country), what would you have liked to have seen to have a more positive reaction? Or, is it the fact that you are in a similar situation to me where without any other knowledge, it is tough to be too excited (unless we had the president of Harvard decide he really likes Kalamazoo) or disappointed (the committee decided my lack of experience was exactly the different route they wanted to take with this next president)

I would have like to have seen someone with a legitimate connection to WMU. Also, someone without an extreme partisan (either side) background.

This president needs to work with the Michigan Legislature which controls the majority of WMU's funding. And he needs to work closely with BOTH Democrats AND Republicans. Right now, Republicans control both the Michigan House and Senate and the Governorship, for better or worse. How will our new president work with them considering his partisan background?

I am hopeful this man can do it, but not encouraged.

That said, he has my full support and trust. I'm just not thrilled.
04-12-2017 01:23 PM
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(04-12-2017 01:10 PM)Doo Wrote:  Quite the resume. Assume he can grow our academic profile...but the name of the game is fundraising...hope he can excel there.

Fundraising AND student recruitment.

The number of high school graduates in Michigan is rapidly decreasing. All universities and colleges will be competing for a smaller pool of incoming freshmen.

What does our new president bring to the table to help attract incoming students?

We're getting our butts kicked by GVSU for freshman, let alone MSU and U-M
04-12-2017 01:30 PM
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Incredible resume. HR hire on the surface. Wish him the best!
04-12-2017 01:54 PM
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Excellent credentials. A promising hire for WMU.
04-12-2017 02:12 PM
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His resume is insane.
04-12-2017 02:21 PM
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He has little to no background in Education Leadership. He's been a faculty member, an economist and an appointee to some task forces during the Obama Administration. What qualifies him to be a University President at an up and coming mid-major?

Sorry, I don't see this one at all. This is the best the Board could do after a months-long search? All that secrecy to pick someone with no appreciable Higher Education leadership background.

We've said it before and I'll say it again-when Committees ignore input from average folks who have skin in the game they end up screwing things up. Hope we don't have another Judith Bailey.
04-12-2017 03:22 PM
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