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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

How Many More Members of the Board Are Misinformed?

We have received a copy of a letter that was sent to PacePress by a Pace faculty member. We have decided to post the letter since it makes rather serious allegations regarding a potential failure by a member of the Board of Trustees to be fully informed of all financial developments at the university.


Board Member Besca is Grossly Misinformed.

In a free society people are entitled to their own interpretation of events and are privileged to adopt any set of values or beliefs that they so choose. They are not however, expected to use false information to make their point, especially those that are privileged to occupy positions of authority and power.

If your report that Mr. "Besca also said one of Caputo's accomplishments as president is doubling endowment since he began at the University." is accurate then Mr Besca must have been either very badly informed or what is worse he was engaged in spreading false information. If Mr. Besca would check the record then he would find out that the endowment as of June 2006 was practically of the same size as it had on June 2001. Mr. Besca's error cannot be lightly dismissed because the fact of the matter is that the endowment of Pace University did not double , as he claimed during his appearance in front of the students at the NYC campus, over the past six years, It has actually shrunk in real terms and remained unchanged for a period of five years in nominal terms.


At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Truth seeker said...

To be a member of a powerful board and yet to be so flagrantly misinformed must constitute at least a breach of the responsibility of the office, if nothing else.

As the heading of your post suggests Thomas, how many other members of this board are so badly misinformed????

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

At least the guy admits that things are likely to get worse:"If we don't work together in the next year, things are going to get a lot worse," he said.
That is an assessment that we have not heard from senior management before, although it has been the most likely scenario.

At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

old maxim:you must hit rock bottom before you can recovery.the chairman and the king must resign....

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

provost scapegoat...mcguire the captain's ship .....and he hand picked the provost....enough already NO CONFIDENCE................

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp,etc al
You win only if you aren't afraid to lose. -

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp u r beginning to be a PAIN

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"nEIL and the Fatman"
You're Driving Me Crazy

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous BlackAdder said...

That's what I've been saying all along! The problem is not only with the President. Yes, he's a failure! But, changing a face without inquiring into what system made such a selection possible (and the situation to evolve into such a mess) will not do us any good!

It's obvious to me that the faculty has no confidence not only in the president but the Board too! We have to let them know in concrete and unwavering terms.

Of course people believe what they like. Perhaps it's human nature to want to escape the harsh reality. Yet, unless someone is in perpetual immaturity, reality has to be dealt with. Otherwise, those who are divorsed from reality should divorse themselves from PACE too!

Ignorance is one thing, but applied ignorance is very harmful!

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 AM, Anonymous said...

The chairman and the king have performed about as well as a heart surgeon with mittens on. The king failed utterly to provide the leadership necessary and managed to so mangle the university's finances that it will take several years or maybe a decade to recover.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to
irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp ,please obtain the listShe's rumored as a candidate there

December 7, 2006

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Mary Sue Coleman is committed to staying at the University of Michigan, her spokeswoman says.

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman is among roughly 30 people under consideration to be the next president of Harvard University, according to a published report.

But her spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham declared Wednesday: "President Coleman is not pursuing the Harvard position. She's committed to staying here at the University of Michigan. The regents just recently renewed her contract."

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, Coleman's predecessor at Michigan, was among 11 names the student-run Harvard Crimson newspaper said Tuesday were definitely on a list presented Sunday to Harvard's Board of Overseers.

Harvard spokesman John Longbrake declined to comment on the report, saying the university does not discuss the presidential search while it's in progress.

"I can't even confirm that there is a list," Longbrake said Wednesday.

Coleman was among eight other people the paper said had been discussed by alumni and academics as possible candidates.

Lawrence Summers, who had held Harvard's top post since 2001, resigned from the Cambridge, Mass., position earlier this year.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

The potential list of candidates for the Harvard Presidency is reputed to have 30 names on it. Three names appear to be on top of the list according to multiple sources:Lee Bollinger of Columbia
Amy Gutmann of U Pennand
Lawrence Bacow of Tufts.

Mary Sue Coleman might be among the other names but I have not been able to find multiple media confirmations of that. I think that she very successful in increasing the endowment at University of Michigan. If I find any additional information then I will pass it along. She is a strong candidate, I hope that your information is accurate.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

Annonymous 7:32,
Your speculation that Mary Sue Coleman might be interested in leaving University of Michigan are justified.
Ms. Coleman has been a strong supporter of affirmative action and she has put her neck out by promising to do whatever it takes to maintain that policy at UoM. Unfortunately she might not be able to do that since the voters in Michigan have voted last month for a resolution that will prohibit schools in Michigan from considering race in their admission practices. So my guess is that yes, Mary Sue Coleman might be forced out of U o M for sticking to her guns. Don't you just love such people?

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOT BASED ON ANY LIVING PERSONS.......Marlow listens to Kurtz talk while he pilots the ship, and Kurtz entrusts Marlow with a packet of personal documents, including an eloquent pamphlet on civilizing the savages which ends with a scrawled message that says, “Exterminate all the brutes!” The steamer breaks down, and they have to stop for repairs. Kurtz dies, uttering his last words—“The horror! The horror!”—in the presence of the confused Marlow. Marlow falls ill soon after and barely survives. Eventually he returns to Europe and goes to see Kurtz’s Intended (his fiancée). She is still in mourning, even though it has been over a year since Kurtz’s death, and she praises him as a paragon of virtue and achievement. She asks what his last words were, but Marlow cannot bring himself to shatter her illusions with the truth. Instead, he tells her that Kurtz’s last word was her name.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp check your e mail.

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Point of No Return
How do you know when you've finally reached the point of no return, when putting your relationship together again is simply too much of a stretch? In the end, of course, the answer is personal. But if your answers to the following questions are irrefutably yes, it may be time to let go:
Does every situation, no matter how seemingly trivial, evolve into a fight?
Do you or your spouse continually refer to hurtful events in the past?
Is all the respect gone from your relationship? Do you feel it is impossible to build that respect back?
Have your goals and directions changed while your partner's have stayed the same? (Or vice versa.)
Is your partner no longer fostering your individual growth?
Have you and/or your partner both changed so much that you no longer share moral, ethical, or lifestyle values?
Have you and your spouse lost the art of compromise? When you disagree, are you unable to forge a path together that is acceptable to both?
Do you and your spouse have a basic sexual incompatibility? Do you feel completely unattracted to each other? Despite help from professional therapists, have you stopped making love?

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warren Bennis
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.Does our king make you feel this way?

At 2:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a strong consensus among the faculty and staff, and students built around the deliberate lack of participations in all those extracurricular activities that go beyond students’ primary education. It is, therefore, envisaged that the unanimous majority of our Pace community would refrain from holding, organizing and partaking in ALL such social functions. The reasons for such absence are two folds: to symbolically save money, and to send a clear strong message that we would not any longer submit to a King, especially the failing type with a ego-centric psyche. So, DEMONSTRATE YOUR SOLIDARITY.

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind”

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we need all of this ? the king and his palace guard

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Means to Effect the Peaceful Overthrow of a Tyrant tp do you know rj?

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.”

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face.”

At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trustees to consider faculty uprising at special meeting

By SCOTT WILLIAMS, Journal Sentinel

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Waukesha -- The embattled president of Carroll College vowed Tuesday to stay on the job and lead the college through a turbulent episode that he likened to a violent storm.

"This is a maelstrom. It's swirling all around us," President Frank Falcone said in an interview in his office. "Somebody better stay calm and focused."

Falcone, 62, said he hopes to continue as the college's president until reaching retirement at age 65.

His comments came one day after Carroll teachers approved a vote of no-confidence in the president, citing what a special faculty committee described as "an irretrievable loss of trust in his leadership."

The chairman of the school's board of trustees said Tuesday the faculty uprising would be considered at a special board meeting Friday.

Board Chairman Thomas Badciong said although most trustees appear strongly supportive of Falcone, the protest directed at the college's top administrator is cause for concern.

"It's a serious matter," Badciong said. "This is our alma mater. We were students there once. It's an unfortunate situation."

Teachers and students at the private Waukesha school have been up in arms since an administrative task force last month recommended budget cuts in several liberal arts programs, including theater, music, philosophy and art.

Tuesday, Falcone said many people misinterpret the recommendations as Carroll retreating from its traditional liberal arts education. Liberal arts will remain an important part of the college, he said.

But individual programs that are not attracting future students are logical choices for budget cuts as the administration chooses where to concentrate resources, he said.

"Students are telling us with their feet that they don't want those programs," Falcone said.

Faculty relations strained

Faculty leaders have described the task force report as the latest instance in which Falcone's administration has undertaken significant reform without giving teacher input adequate consideration.

By a vote of 81-14 with two abstentions, the faculty Monday approved the symbolic no-confidence vote after two hours of deliberations. Retired faculty added their voice with a 13-1 no- confidence vote.

It is not the first time Falcone has faced such a backlash in his career.

At Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., Falcone resigned as president in 1992 after faculty and students there approved votes of no-confidence. Falcone had presided over the East Coast college for about six years.

Trustees and others at Carroll say they checked the Springfield College situation thoroughly before deciding to hire Falcone in 1993.

But one member of the search committee that screened candidates said Tuesday he now regrets having had a hand in hiring Falcone.

Jack Dukes, a retired history professor who voted for Monday's no- confidence measure, said the circumstances that have developed at Carroll are strikingly similar to those that existed under Falcone on the Massachusetts campus.

"It sounded like he had learned from his mistakes," Dukes said, recalling the hiring process 10 years ago. "But here we are at the same place."

Record defended

Falcone said he invited Carroll officials to check his record at Springfield College while pursuing the job here.

The only similarities to Carroll College are that both situations have involved colleges where change is meeting resistance and that in both instances the response among opponents has been to "kill the messenger," he said.

But unlike his decision to resign in 1992, Falcone vowed to hold on to his position in Waukesha.

"It would be very easy for me as president to back away," he said. "But I think the institution pays a price in the long run."

He added: "Presidents go on after votes of no-confidence. It all depends on the institution and the conditions."

Since joining Carroll, Falcone has been credited with rescuing the school from financial troubles, increasing enrollment, improving student housing, minimizing tuition increases and introducing new academic programs.

Falcone today is scheduled to discuss the current controversy at a campus meeting that is open to all students but not the general public or news media.

Charmaine Ponkratz, a vice chairman of the college's board, said she remains solidly in Falcone's corner.

"There is broad support for the leadership that Mr. Falcone has exhibited," she said.


At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But one member of the search committee that screened candidates said Tuesday he now regrets having had a hand in hiring THE KING


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