This from Tom Eblen at H-L:
A job ad for the next UK president
Job Description: overworked, underpaid
Lee T. Todd Jr.'s decision to retire as president of the University of Kentucky in June has me thinking about what the advertisement seeking his successor should say.
Not what it will say, but what it should say.
Wanted: University of Kentucky president. As UK's 12th chief executive since 1869, you will be taking on perhaps the toughest job in Kentucky. It pays about a half-million dollars a year, but you could get more money for less work at another state's flagship university.
By the way, your salary will pale in comparison to the millions that go to your head basketball and football coaches. Don't expect any sympathy from the faculty and staff, who are generally underpaid and haven't received a raise lately. Or students and their parents, who have seen tuition double in recent years.
There is a lot right with UK. The university is more open, collaborative and entrepreneurial than it used to be. Enrollment, student performance, research and diversity are growing, and the university is producing some outstanding graduates, including doctors, engineers, architects, diplomats, business people and, believe it or not, world-class opera singers.
You will be succeeding Lee Todd, a passionate, energetic and visionary leader ...