1/14/2012: Update: According to the latest records UO has stopped paying for his beamer. Interesting.
12/19/2011: Jim Bean went on sabbatical for his health, and at he moment he’s still on a sabbatical, visiting old friends to catch up on the last 15 years of OR research and scanning papers into his hard drive.
His official sabbatical documents say in one place that he plans to return as Provost in October 2012. But in another place he says he intends to go back to being a business school professor. (Not crazy – Bean’s predecessor as b-school dean Phil Romero did this when Bean was hired, and is still teaching away.)
But now Bean’s got a clean bill of health from his doctor and he wants to administrate, not scan papers or, god forbid, teach undergraduates. So, 2 weeks ago he told Pernsteiner he wanted to be the interim UO president.
When that got slammed by all the faculty and most of Johnson Hall, he apparently decided he wanted Lorraine to go back into retirement, so he could have his provost job back. Not going to happen. It’s already obvious to everyone that Lorraine is far more competent at it than Jim was, and he left her a pile of work.
The new president is not going to repeat what was probably Lariviere’s single biggest mistake and appoint Bean provost again without a search. On the other hand Bean’s going to have a tough time leaving: his sabbatical contract says if he doesn’t stay for a full year after, he has 3 months to repay his sabbatical pay and benefits – about $280,000, plus of course the bimmer:
Presumably he’s talking to head hunters now, but he’s in a tough spot. My proposed solution? Given him a job in the Chancellor’s office. Hell, make him Chancellor, and give him Treetops.