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There are 14 comments on Have an Opinion about Finding BU’s Next President? Search Committee Wants to Hear from You

      1. I agree. There have been some STUNNING disasters as business and education attempt to be “the first”.

        Who is selected needs to be honest, trustworthy, and ready to commit to BU for the long term. Not until a shinier position comes up.

    1. To start, the only concrete benefit of appointing a BIPOC president is that university constituents who identify as BIPOC will see themselves represented in the highest post at Boston University, and that may elicit some response of pride, hope, etc. I am not discounting that as important, but ultimately the president will need to be judged by their accomplishments and body of work.

      Brown is as white as they come in terms of pigmentation, but his work to diversify the student body on ethnic, national, racial and class fronts was unquestionable. A person’s identity doesn’t automatically tell you what they believe, how they’ll lead, what they’ll prioritize, etc. Look at Clarence Thomas…

  1. I’d love if we didn’t pay the president a disgustingly bloated salary (as well as paring down other hugely overblown admin salaries, like the Provost’s), and instead use that money to pay grad workers more. Just a thought.

  2. BU should focus on bringing in a President who continues with President Brown’s work of academic selectiveness and boosting BU’s prestige — a proposition that seems shallow but in reality will boost the value of education for current students, alum, and even faculty.

  3. Yes!!! Bring us a President that has some guts, some courage, and is not a wimp like President Brown, and will bring back FOOTBALL!!! Do any of you know anything about COLLEGE FOOTBALL? Do any of you remember the glory days of football at BU? Football draws alumni together, gives our university a greater positive profile all over the USA, and makes BU alumni like me more enthusiastic about giving our beloved university more financial support. Our entire athletic program is a shadow of what it once was under the leadership of the late great John Simpson, whom many of us miss dearly. John Silber is long gone now. The Board of Trustees and Alumni do not have to be afraid of him any more. Bring back FOOTBALL at BU!! Period!! Let’s see if any of our Trustees have the courage to do something out of the box. Bring back football at BU. Let’s become a major league university again like we once were! Our neighbors up at the heights at the other end of Commonwealth Avenue make us look bad. Bring back football at BU!!!!!!!!!! Let’s go!!!!

  4. Yes, yes indeed. I would like to comment with one word for a necessary credential for
    the new BU President. The word: AVAILABILITY.
    I will welcome a new president, who would be recognizable among the students.
    His/her leadership in the presence of the BU COMMUNITY would contribute to
    partnership and a caridng attitude.

  5. Please get rid of the term “chairMAN”.

    A Native American would be a step forward. I’m sure there are qualified women to interview.

    Jane BUSON 63

  6. No tyrants.

    No diversity resulting in reverse discrimination.

    We don’t need football as above, keep academic TEACHING at the forefront, not just research and certainly not sports. I loved the hockey but not at the expense of academic excellence as the budget and exec focus.

  7. I believe that President Brown did a commendable job, as BU’s national and global rankings increased several times under his leadership. Not to mention the diversity of students, staff, and faculty who all either and respectively graduated, were promoted/tenured, as well as were hired by other distinguished colleges and university. Alongwith the strong achievements, BU maintained its reputation of having the highest employability success of its graduates. We should look for these same qualities/track record and more in the next President.

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