Tis the season of change at America’s colleges and universities.
Institutions of higher education are hiring new professors and coaches. But the process is different for both.
A public university is hiring a new director for one of its academic programs.
1–An outside search committee is hired.
2—An on-campus search committee is formed to work with the outside group.
3—There are requests for candidate CVs/resumes.
4—The field is winnowed.
5—Seven semi-finalists are chosen and interviewed in the capital city not near the school.
6—Four finalists are invited to campus for interviews.
7—The on-campus interviews stretch over a month.
8—Interested observers and stakeholders are asked to assess the candidates.
9—Now we’re waiting for university administrators to decide.
10—And the salary will be around $200,000.
But when you walk across the street from the campus to the athletic department, you enter a whole different world.
The university fires its head football coach on the same day it begins its academic search.
1—Athletic Director calls his friend.
AD: “Hey, Bubba, how you all doing? We’re lookin’ for a guy to head our football program and I thought of you.”
COACH: “Good to hear from you, buddy. How much you all puttin’ on the table for this gig?”
AD: “About four million plus a couple more if you do good, Bubba. That gonna work for yuh?”
COACH: “I think I can keep the kids in shoes for that. You all need to clear this thing with anyone back there?”
AD: “Nah, I’m playin’ golf with the president today and I’ll just let her know.”
COACH: “Works for me. I’ll pack tonight and be there in the mornin’”
And that’s how we roll at universities today.