As the Class of 2016 arrives on campus, my thoughts turn to algebra, Zakaria, and Lady Gaga -- shorthand for critical issues facing higher education today: What should our students learn? Will they learn enough about ethics? Who decides?
Let's stop trashing academic governance while exalting corporate governance as perfect. There's a need for governance reform in many businesses, and it all coalesces around innovation, speed to market, inclusion of those affected and ethics.
We don't need this. School starts in August. The interim president will have no confidence from the community -- let alone the Board, whose lasting support we all know of. We are not at the point of no return.
I have no special insight into what might have caused Teresa Sullivan's abrupt departure as president of UVA. However, having been a college president for two decades, I do know this: these are not jobs for people with a low tolerance for risk.