The president of the University of Minnesota, Joan Gabel, has decided to leave her $700,000/year position to get paid even more somewhere else. And no one wept.
However, now we begin the dance to hire a new overpaid administrator, and the first step is to hire an interim president for a year or so while we spend a lot of money wooing someone new. The Board of Regents presented us with a list of candidates, and I looked over that list with a cynical eye for the worst possible candidate, and predicted which one the regents would pick. Of course I was dead on.
Ettinger is expected lead the U on a temporary basis while the Board of Regents searches for a new permanent president. The board looked for candidates for an interim who would not seek the position permanently.
Ten of the 12 board members voted for Ettinger, including Regent Mary Davenport.
“Ettinger is somebody from the outside, from a different point of view, a different walk in life who comes into higher education with some base knowledge, but brings something bigger,” Davenport said.
How could I know this was coming? Because I know our regents, and I just scanned the list for the businessman with no personal knowledge of academia.
Ettinger, who has a law degree, had the least amount of academic experience of the four finalists.
He told the board that his experience leading Hormel will translate well to the university.
Right. Hormel. The company that churns out processed meat, like Spam. Just like the university churns out meat for capitalism?
We’ll be rid of him soon enough, but we’re going to continue to be saddled with this inappropriate Board of Regents forever, and they’re going to pick the next president.
Maybe I’m being unfair. We just got a letter from the president of the board of regents, further explaining his background and experience.
Previously, he was the chief executive officer of the Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, MN from 2005 to 2016. He ascended to CEO after 16 years with the company in roles including corporate attorney, treasurer and president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. in Willmar, MN.
Oh. President of the Jennie-O Turkey Store, you say? Eminently qualified to run an academic institution then.