UNLV Faculty has an observation that we need to get off our academic chest:
So, Longtime Las Vegas businessman Don Snyder takes on the role of Acting President prior to Len Jessup taking the job 3+ years ago. Following President Jessup’s move into the role, Snyder manufactures a “PAID ADVISORY” role working with President Jessup for $50,000+ a year including an office and other benefits.
Then, Dapper Don is also methodically responsible for a behind the scenes negotiation of Jessup’s firing with Chancellor Reilly!
Wait! It gets better — NOW, he is working with Chancellor Reilly to become the ACTING PRESIDENT AGAIN! Dapper Don is here to save the day for the shocking vacancy in the President’s office!
1. Just how valuable was the advice provided to now fired President Len Jessup?
2. Is this all a conflict of interest for Dapper Don?
3. Come on Las Vegas? Is there really no one else out there who can be acting President of a Division I University other than a retired business guy with a bachelor’s degree? When are we going to start taking our academic management selves seriously? WHEN? (we know– see the hiring of Chancellor Reilly and the answer is NO)
Dapper Don, stop now while you are seriously and ethically behind. Since you were Acting President the first go around, the law of diminishing returns has really kicked in and it is time to call it a day for everyone’s benefit, including your ego.
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