SUNY Chancellor Zaps BU Presidential Candidates
by Buck Quigley - posted 6:21 pm, March 9, 2011
As the secretive search for the next SUNY University at Buffalo President stumbles on, SUNY Chancellor Zimpher has put the kibosh on the Presidential search at SUNY Binghamton University. As a result, they have to begin their search for a new president from square one. Read about it here.
You can get more of the back story by clicking here. Lots of intrigue like leaked documents. And check out how the presidential search was conducted in Binghamton:
Over eight months, the Council narrowed the candidate pool down to five individuals, each of whom participated in on-campus forums, which averaged between 150 and 200 attendees. The Council further narrowed down the list of candidates, and just two were put up for Zimpher’s review.
Then, after all that, she gives a thumbs down to the university’s choices. She doesn’t even have to publicly say why she disapproved of them.
Enquiring minds also want to know why such a seemingly open process in Binghamton, but not in Buffalo?
Remember how the whole thing started? Here’s how it’s going down as of March 2, according to the Buffalo News:
UB’s search, under the direction of Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman of the UB Council and Delaware North Cos., has been on a fast track since last September.
In January, Jacobs told UB faculty and staff by e-mail that a national and international pool of 69 applicants had been pared down to a short list of a half-dozen or so candidates.
Public colleges and universities commonly introduce a few of the presidential finalists during the end stages of a search, but the selection process at UB has been much more confidential.
Names also were withheld throughout UB’s last presidential search in 2003 to ensure privacy for candidates employed elsewhere.
Kinda makes you wonder what’s going on over at that big old public “economic driver of the 21 century.” The last SUNY at Buffalo presidential search yielded lumber heir John Barclay Simpson. That time, according the Buffalo News and the Chronicle of Higher Education, UB spent $220,000 on the search. That included $161,000 to a private search firm, and $39,000 for travel and expenses incurred by the search committee. They also spent $15,000 on travel, lodging, entertainment, gift baskets, and other incidentals for the candidates themselves.
Do you wonder what they just spent in Binghamton? And do you wonder why Zimpher so blithely flushed all that time, money, and effort down the toilet?
Or are these not the sort of questions that New York state taxpayers should be allowed to ask?