Jim will be back

1/28/2012: Berdahl should have announced he was giving Bean an interim appointment ending June 2013. This would satisfy the immediate need for a body to fill out the provost’s suit. It would also leave the deck clear for the next president to do an open search. But no:


The time line for transitions in the Provost office has been determined.  Jim Bean will return as Senior Vice President and Provost beginning July 1, 2012.  He will continue his sabbatical through May 31, 2012, and then serve in a transitional capacity during the month of June.  This will permit appropriate planning and coordination with me, the Executive Leadership Team, and Bob Berdahl as well as an overlap period with the current and soon-to-be-appointed Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

As the presidential search gets underway, it will be helpful to know who will serve as Provost on an ongoing basis.  I look forward to continuing in my current acting leadership role through the end of this academic and fiscal year.  I appreciate the continuing support and assistance I have experienced.


We’re all on a first name basis here, so who needs a job announcement, search, or a performance review? That sort of stuff is just for those faculty schlubs – the ones that Jim gets to evaluate and sign off on tenure and promotions, as provost. The month long overlap with Lorraine is so Jim can recover from his research efforts with old friends and get back up to speed on administrative matters.

FWIW, Pat, the OUS internal auditor, sent out this earlier this week, on her investigation of Jim’s sabbatical terms:

FYI.. update
We hope to complete the review this week.

Oregon University System
Internal Audit Division

     Patricia A. Snopkowski, Chief Auditor
     P.O. Box 488
     Corvallis, OR 97339
     Ph (541) 737-0505 Fax (541)737-9133
     Web- http://www.ous.edu/dept/intaudit
     Email- [email protected]

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4 Responses to Jim will be back

  1. Anonymous says:

    OK I’m signing the union card

  2. Anonymous says:

    I see nothing unreasonable about this. You might not like Bean’s “sabbatical,” but the alternative was what? Probably long-term disability @ same rate as sabbatical. A “review” you would likely call a farce, inasmuch as there isn’t time to hire a new provost from outside. Apparently Berdahl — remember when he was St. Bob just a few weeks back? — thinks Jim is OK. I can easily imagine a month transition period is in order. St. Lorraine is clearly being worn down by her job, which there is no indication she really wanted, except that she was needed. We’re probably in for enough of a rough ride as it is. So shut up and be happy!

  3. UO Matters says:

    Disability would have cost his insurance company, sabbatical costs us.

    But my real objection is that Bean was appointed interim provost w/o a search, then made permanent w/o a search, then tried to become interim president w/o a search. Never and performance review. He’s built his whole career off avoiding faculty input and evaluation of his performance. And it shows.

    He’s hardly the only JHaller to pull that off: Moffitt, Galvan, etc. Sorry, it’s all just too inbred and cozy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dog to anonymous

    Is it okay to be unhappy precisely because the ride is rough?