… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"Transformative Public Leadership"
[The people want to know: how much will he be paid for more transformational verbigeration...]
From On Campus:Transformational Leadership?
After his presidency ends at the end of June 2011, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will join the faculty of the U’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, university officials announced today.
[Terms of employment? Salary?]
Bruininks will be affiliated with the Center for Integrative Leadership, an interdisciplinary center run by the Humphrey Institute and the Carlson School of Management. His work will focus on “transformative public leadership” [tpl] and “human capital and economic development.”
[Is tpl a new theoretical discipline, Mr. Bruininks? And what is your background in economics, exactly? I hope what you know about the topic was not learned from your CFO...]
It was unclear just what that means or exactly how it fits into his past professional life,
[It doesn't... He's, ah, an educational psychologist.]
but the press release states:
… he also has a strong foundation in education policy issues. The Humphrey Institute is the perfect home for the next phase of his career.
Bruininks was once the dean and professor at the U’s College of Education and Human Development.
...we're in the midst of transformative change en route to becoming one of the top three public research universities in the world. [sic] President Bruininks Dec 7, 2009 (web site)
And how's that going, Mr. President? We're supposed to be there in four years, how is it looking?
For more comments on transformational verbigeration, please see my Strib blog piece: Transformational Verbigeration at the U.