Phi Beta Cons

Just Can’t Say No

I’m referring to Cal State trustees, who think that they must increase pay levels for CSU presidents so they will “attract top talent.” Read about it here.

I recently saw the movie Moneyball, in which the general manager of the Oakland Athletics (Billy Bean, played by Brad Pitt) defies the conventional wisdom that you can’t field a competitive team without spending a fortune. In view of California’s terrible financial condition, shouldn’t they at least try to find people who can capably lead universities and are willing to do so at the substantial compensation that’s already offered?

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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