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University president says unprepared professors should be shot

This would be U of Iowa President J. Bruce Harreld, speaking at a staff meeting. The Chronicle has the story here. Apparently Mr. Harreld, a former businessman, consultant, and HBS adjunct, also believes there is only “one way” to prepare lessons.

Harreld was brought to Iowa by Parker Search, the same firm that Connie Ballmer hired for the search which brought us Mike Schill. I haven’t run a poll lately, but I think it’s been obvious from day one that Ms Ballmer got us the pick of the litter.

But Iowa’s public records office is being far more transparent with the emails than UO would be. My favorite is this admirably blunt one to Harreld:

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At UO, AVP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett could go after Ms Gardinier for sending this email, which clearly violates his UO Code of Ethics by not fostering a “civil, respectful and nurturing environment”. Last month I asked Triplett to explain how he intended to enforce the Code. He never responded, so I can only hope use of deadly force is off the table even for repeat offenders like me.


  1. UOGrad 12/15/2015

    Regarding higher education search firms, why is the UofO using the same firm for the Architecture & Allied Arts Dean search as the state (read Kizthaber) used in the search that brought Rudy Cruz to Oregon as its education czar? As academics one would think UofO administrators would have least having passing knowledge of George Santayana’s famous observation: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.

    • uomatters Post author | 12/15/2015

      What’s the search firm? Tell us more.

  2. UOGrad 12/15/2015

    My apologies. I wrote “Rudy Cruz” instead of “Rudy Crew”. I must have been influenced by the forthcoming Republican debate, “not that there’s anything wrong with that” to quote Seinfeld. But, I digress. Anyway, the firm is Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. based in Florida. Go to the UofO’s website for the Dean’s search for additional information.

    • uomatters Post author | 12/15/2015

      An honest mistake.

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