10/7/2011: From Greg Bolt in the RG:
Robert Berdahl will work just under half time, about two days a week, on a variety of efforts, such as helping align the state’s ongoing restructuring of higher education with Lariviere’s proposals for how the higher education system should be run and funded. Berdahl also will help with strategic and academic planning.
Seems like a great idea. Johnson Hall needs new blood quick. He’s got an interesting looking bio with many accomplishments. Not the sort of person Dr. Pernsteiner and Frohnmayer’s old guard will be able to ignore.
Jack Stripling of the Chronicle attacks this hire. I don’t understand why. We are paying $96,000 for 800 hours of consulting advice from a guy who is former UC – Berkeley Chancellor, etc. That’s $120 an hour. I’ve paid more for a plumber – no disrespect intended, it’s all flowing smoothly now.