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Archive for December 11th, 2008

good news(chool) in dark times: no confidence in bob kerrey

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From the NYT:

Bob Kerrey, the Vietnam veteran and former Nebraska governor and senator known for his acerbic tongue and iconoclastic tendencies, was handed an overwhelming vote of no-confidence on Wednesday afternoon by the senior faculty at the New School, the Greenwich Village university he has run since 2001.

Mr. Kerrey has clashed with some professors since the day of his appointment as the New School’s president, with complaints that he lacks a Ph.D. and that his politics — particularly his early support for the Iraq war — were too moderate for the unabashedly liberal campus. But the underlying controversies became an open uprising this week after Mr. Kerrey announced that he would serve temporarily as provost as well as president after cycling through four provosts in seven years.

I never attended the New School, but I have strangely strong feelings about the place, as, erm, someone who lives in my house did a degree there and worked there in administration for several years right at the beginning of the Kerrey saga. (Probably spent more time in its halls than I did at my own university during a year or two stretch). And all I can say is good riddance if this actually gets rid of the guy. An object lesson in just how wide the gulf between the political and intellectual left can be in America, his tenure was…

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December 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

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