Gee, Did I Say Something Wrong?

When last Miss wrote about Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, he was making Lincolnesque statements about outsourcing the campus’s parking lots. Today’s statement announces his imminent retirement. Apparently President Gee decided that the Columbus, despite its name, is just too far from the bounding main for his liking, given that he made his […]

Hiding in Plain Sight: Alcohol and the Suicide of Trey Malone

It was with great sadness, professional interest, and morbid curiosity that I read the full text of a recent suicide’s note to his family and friends. It is almost unheard of that there be public access to such text, but the parents of this sad young man thought his final words to them should be […]

Academic Freedom Still Moribund on the Gallaudet Campus; “Teachable Moments” on Life Support

It is a very sad day when faculty members are so blinded by their own biases and university presidents are so cowed by the power of the faculty that they all forget why they are campus in the first place. Instead of embracing the “teachable moment” that arose when it was made known Dr. Angela […]

Disgraced Community College President Peter Burnham Free on His Own Recognizance. For Now.

Former president of Brookdale Community College (Middletown, NJ) Peter Burnham has the dubious distinction of being the subject of CMM! three times.  Twice for his crimes, and today for his long-awaited conviction on various counts of misconduct and theft.  He’ll be sentenced in September, when, if the Monmouth County DA has any say in the […]

College Presidents Do Good: The Higher Ed Version of “Man Bites Dog”

It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s only fair that Miss takes note. Thanks to a mention in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Presidents’ Pledge came to my attention, and I could not be more impressed with what I learned. Some  28 college and university presidents (current and retired) have agreed to […]

Leadership in Action: President Farahi Blames His Staff

Not yet 10:00 a.m., and already I have had my laugh of the day. From While the governing board at Kean University has launched an investigation about false claims on his resume, university president Dawood Farahi has acknowledged for the first time that some mistakes were made. In a recent interview, Farahi said even […]

Former College President Russell Davis Forges Ahead

From the April 29 update on The recently-resigned president of Gloucester County College Dr. Russell A. Davis has been charged by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office with 11 counts of forgery. The charges were served on Dr. Davis when he agreed to appear at the GCPO offices today. He was released on his own […]

First Burnham, Now Davis. It’s a Jersey Thing.

Some posts back, I wrote about the financial chicanery of Brookdale Community College’s ex-president Peter Burnham.  Update, from Middletown, New Jersey and the Star-Ledger: An audit of nearly three years of expense reports found former Brookdale Community College President Peter Burnham repeatedly misled college officials and billed the school for alcohol, personal trips, clothing and […]

A Rogue’s Round-Up: College Presidents Plunge en masse into Hot Water

What a week it has been! So much graft, corruption, and financial chicanery taking place in the hushed halls of academic administration that I hardly know where to begin. One by one piggy presidents have overstayed their welcome at the trough of entitlements that make up their discretionary accounts. Take, for example, President Allen Sessoms […]

Am I Too Early to Be Late?: A College President Grapples with the Issue of Time Management

Turning the pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education on a cold and icy winter’s day is a sure-fire way to make you forget the frozen tundra outside your door. The Day-Before-Groundhog-Day edition of the Chronicle provides some much-needed comic relief in the form of sage advice from Roger H. Hull, a former president of […]