Friday's Wall Street Journal had a front page article on this issue going on with Harvard's Dean. Seems like there are so many opinions as to what is going on that it's hard to see the truth through the trees. The WSJ seems to state that there is a leadership style clash between his corporate America style and academic environment. Although Lawrence was the former Secretary of State, it seems that people are starting to question his leadership style in turning around Harvard's supposed problems of being a school in year's late to be one that is resting on its' laurel's.
A book that I found at the bookstore today seems to go into great depth on the issue that started in 2001 when Lawrence came on board to "turn Harvard around".
With so much publicity, I've come to several conclusions as to what is going on at Harvard. 1) Lawrence is either a great leader trying to overturn bad culture and getting beat up while doing it or he is a good leader who is really like a bull in a china shop.
2) Politics within the staff halls is enough to drive anyone away.
3) Harvard's reputation to be one of resting on it's laurel's these last 5 years is indeed true. However, the move to hire Lawrence in 2001 was a very wise and strategic attempt at turning the school around which I like seeing.
4) Anyone attaching their allied status with Lawrence right now is in for deep political trouble at Harvard. The wise thing to do is to tip toe around the press and shut their mouths.
=========== About HAAS expansion.
I read recently that HAAS is looking to partner with the Graduate School of Law at Berkeley to build another building to provide a more modernized set of classrooms for their graduate students. Apparently, this partnership makes sense since the two schools already do quite a bit together as it is. I don't know how true this is. All I know is that Berkeley has big problems in it's recent attempts at expansion these last few months. The city as turned down so many of their plans. Parking Structures and the like have been thumbed down. I know Berkeley staff won't give up on this.
So, I wonder if the expansion partnership is more of a self-preservation action to build a school building that takes into account the city political pressures to limit expansion.
Anyone who's visited HAAS's classrooms should be able to agree with me that HAAS needs some serious modernization. e.g. If you don't have reasonable functioning A/C in the classrooms in our California heat... how fun can sitting in the classroom for hours really be?