The OA Council is the professional organization of UO’s Officer’s of Administration. Not the JH Central Admin’s, but the regular OA’s that keep your department and UO from sinking into lord of the flies anarchy as the central admins fly higher and higher into their widening gyre of bloat, excessive pay, golden parachutes, and family bowl junkets.
The OA’s meet monthly to solve knotty accounting problems and such. I have no idea if these are public meetings, and I am never going to ask. Once a year they invite the UO President to talk and answer questions. Last year Gottfredson said he’d show, then bailed at the last minute out of fear. In contrast President Coltrane and Jamie Moffitt not only showed up, they posted the video, below.
While the “Confidential” strike plan memo sent out by Doug Blandy, Barbara Altmann, and Bill Brady got hundred of downloads and a story in the RG, I’ll give a free U of Nike t-shirt to anyone who honestly watches this entire video and posts an analysis of it and whether or not any questions are actually answered:
I didn’t think so. If Coltrane keeps this transparency stuff up – and fixes Hubin’s Public Records Office of course – I’ll have lost all my readers by January. I can’t wait.
Coltrane has a pleasantly disarming manner and comes off seemingly transparent and candid at points, admitting for example that the U has been running on autopilot.
On the question of the clusterf–k hires, he offers nothing new, such as why the U so badly needs to stay in the AAU. It would be fascinating to hear spelled out for a change exactly why AAU membership is so vital to the function and future of the U.
As for the whole Gottfredson affair, the sudden departure and rich payout, Coltrane is ever the company man, illuminating nothing new.
Finally, his gloss over the revolving door that is the president’s office unsatisfies. One could vastly prefer the right kind of hire and stability at the very top and more churning, change, and pruning of positions in the ranks around the president.