I admire Robert MacKinnon’s restraint.
I really do.
Read his reasonable and measured responses to the latest intervention by the “shared vision” group, here in the Telegraph-Journal: “Are there too many bosses at UNB?” Jeff Ducharme, Telegraph-Journal (May 5/10, C4).
I guess that why he’s the vice-president of a university campus and I’m a pseudonymous blogger.
But really! Once again, the “shared vision” people — shared with each other, at least — demonstrate not only their ignorance of universities in general and UNB in particular, but their utter unwillingness to learn anything. They criticize the size of the UNB board as unwieldy:
“How would you like to have (44) people telling you what you’re doing?” said [Pat] Darrah, who made the comments during a Telegraph-Journal editorial meeting.
Let’s leave aside the question of why the NB paper is having an editorial meeting with this group on this subject and not, say, UNB president Eddy Campbell. Let’s leave aside the obvious rejoinder that 44 board members telling one what to do is infinitely preferable to an external special interest group telling one what to do. The fact is, as Robert MacKinnon points out, the UNB Board of Governors is not concerned with the day-to-day running of the institution, so whether they are 4, 44 or 444 is mainly an issue for the caterer.
There may well be “too many bosses at UNB.” There probably are.
But that is quite a separate issue.