16 Responses to Jim Bean’s marching orders, from Lorraine Davis

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, he already failed on one item: the search for a dean of the Clark Honors College. For mysterious reasons, the search was scrapped early in the summer.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A lot of make-work, except the last four. Three of which involve things he’s already fucked up once.

    • UO Matters says:

      Just three?

      1) Academic plan – He claimed the 24,000 student limit was a typo.
      2) Big Ideas – all about justifying his existence, not leadership.
      3) Chair the president transition – he got himself the permanent VP job out of it, like Dick Cheney.
      4) Union – OK, technically this didn’t happen on his watch, but his support for Pernsteiner’s furlough plan and his own weird sabbatical sure swung some votes.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Notice she gave him the Bach festival, and kept athletics for herself. Clever.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and actually a key point.
      Does she still proctor exams?

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m a bach festival patron and my understanding was that she was out of town for the two most important programs (one of which was part of the APRU conference), so she told him to cover for her. I don’t think there was anything especially strategic about it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious: Where was the Summer Leadership Retreat held? Over on the Deschutes River at JTM’s DRL?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Planning, participating, hosting, initiating, revisiting, continuing plus other softball adjectives describing what could be an elite summer camp job description … and he gets paid $26K+ a month for THAT?

    What’s the story on Davis? What *higher function* does she serve?

    • Anonymous says:

      Has anyone seen her CV? What qualified her to serve any “higher function” in the first place?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of “transitioning”, who did the job for Mullens?

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Fishwrapper asks: How much of this is similar to an Associate Dean’s “to do” list? Attend meetings, coordinate meetings, plan meetings, drive a BMW? Oooh – there’s a decision to be made on the list – and a weighty one, at that – distilling the consensus of a committee to a decision of what *might* happen.

    You’ve got to be frickin’ kidding me. Folks – this is (ostensibly) a public institution. How in the wide world of sports can anyone not read this and see the emperor’s skin on display? Thank you for making these documents public.

    Teetering and tripping towards the cliff…

    • Anonymous says:

      Sheela and Bagwhan Rajneesh – Oregon’s survived worse power sharing arrangements.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just want to make a comment about some of the rather contemptuous statements regarding the overall job description of the provost, and the bullet points here. I have no comment about Bean’s (or Davis’s) competence.

    Someone says: “Initiating, hosting, continuing, planning, what a bunch of stupid nonsense tasks.”

    Initiating = putting together job searches for major academic leadership positions, i.e. deans.
    Hosting = schmoozing with people who have given or will give the University many millions of dollars.
    Continuing = in this context, planning for the unionization of the faculty, a pretty big undertaking.
    Planning = overseeing the development of the university’s academic plan, one of the biggest parts of the job of any provost.

    What do you think a provost SHOULD be doing that would be more productive? Teaching intro level classes at the business school? Putting on a hardhat and installing weather stripping in the new science building?

    I am not saying Bean does any of this WELL. I am sympathetic to criticisms of Bean’s performance and his pay, but not to overall contempt for the job of a chief administrator.

    • UO Matters says:

      Thanks for this thoughtful comment. It’s been so long since UO has had a competent person in this job that we tend to forget that it’s a position where the right person could have a large positive impact on UO and a lot of people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where’s that quote? And the context?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dog says

      At the UO the provost is not the Chief Administrator – they are, in fact, the Chief Academic Officer and its that middle world
      that keeps tripping up our various Provosts