I just need to say one thing about the presentations I saw from the high-level candidates, and the responses from the audience when the selection panel took feedback. Why is it that if someone presents a grand and inspiring vision for how they are going to transform the institution, nobody raises concerns about their knowledge of practical and financial realities, yet if someone presents a plan that is lighter on metaphors and has proposals for specific funding initiatives, etc., folks get concerned that they are not going to be able to make it work? I was a bit dismayed at how easily a bunch of vague and sometimes contradictory notions of how we can be innovative swept a room full of senior academics off their feet and drove any thoughts of reality from their mind.

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