Thursday, October 11, 2007

A House of Cards

My University, the University at Albany, lacks leadership. This is not meant as a criticism of the various people who sit in the positions of leadership. They are fine people. The problem is that they are interim. The Dean of my College, the Provost, the President at Albany, and the Chancellor of the SUNY system are all temporary until a permanent person can be hired.

So, hire some people, you say.

Well, if it were only that simple.

See, we can't get a new Dean 'til we get a new Provost. We can't get a Provost 'til we get a President. We won't get a President until we have a Chancellor.

House of Freakin' Cards.

Why don't we have a Chancellor you ask?

Well, because we got a new Governor. Our new Governor played hardball with the head of the Senate (these days manifested as "Troopergate"). The head of the Senate won't act on the Governor's nominees--which includes the Chancellor.

So, there you have it. No leadership, because Bruno and Spitzer can't play nice. Unintended and real consequences.

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