12/2/2011: Released 3PM Friday. Pdf here. Money graphs:
Letter from Senate Executive Committee to the Statutory Faculty regarding UO Interim Presidential Appointment:
December 2, 2011
Dear Chancellor Pernsteiner and Members of the State Board of Higher Education,
The UO Senate Executive Committee urges you to approach Robert Berdahl to become interim president of the University of Oregon. … As you know, Berdahl is one of the most distinguished leaders in all of U.S. higher education. He is also a former UO faculty member and College of Arts and Sciences dean. …
We do not feel that any internal candidate would be appropriate as an interim president. UO’s upper administration is dangerously understaffed. Many of its members are interim, retiring, newly arrived, or contending with health issues. Every available administrator is needed for other critical management tasks besides the presidency. None has sufficient external stature to keep the university on course while we transition to new permanent leadership. …
My take: The internal candidates are helping Pernsteiner by allowing their names to be in play with the OUS board members. These people are not credible candidates in the eyes of the faculty who have known and worked with them for years – and with whom they will have to continue to work, whether or not they are appointed interim President by Pernsteiner and OUS board. Have some self-respect, deans – withdraw your names. To quote one longtime professor, writing to Pernsteiner:
… you do need to understand the roots of the outrage, and I dare to write that is not based on love of RL as much as on the hope that he could and would clean house.
Our top administrators have been feeding at the Johnson Hall trough for years. Pernsteiner’s got his own source of slop. They understand each other too well.