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  1. August 7, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Thanks for bringing this up. I share the concerns brought forward particularly given the lack of open discussion thus far and in the light of the unfortunate ‘tradition’ of this lack of cooperative approaches at least over the last year. I have been following with interest and concern similar developments in the German university system (they are ahead of the Canadian system in regard to dismantling the collegial governance and reducing state/political intervention/influence). In a recent – German – contribution in the SpiegelOnline (http://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/jobundberuf/uni-praesidenten-regieren-ihre-hochschulen-wie-koenigreiche-a-871965.html ) well describes how “powerful university presidents” came into being and how the “campus kings…live sweet lives”. In short, the process in Germany was initiated a few years back by reducing both the power of collegial governance structures and of the state representatives; at the same time the power of university presidents and senior administrators were increased. The results appear ambiguous: yes, there is more flexibility and university presidents in Germany can now “lead” the universities quicker and more effectively to achieve certain goals and implement larger visions; however, these goals and visions are not always supported by key stakeholders and do not necessarily have the best interest of all stakeholders in mind. – We certainly need to watch what is happening in Canada in general and at UNB in particular!