In the President’s post of last Friday, we are informed that the Acting Provost will now have a new job: Senior Advisor to the President.
It may be too obvious, and therefore too trivial to highlight this invention of yet another, no doubt highly paid, position. I suppose that when we are told that administration costs will be “considered” in these times of fabricated financial strain, what is meant is that such costs will be “considered worth it”—any price to keep the proles at bay.
Do we NEED what seems to be a “shadow” Provost? Aren’t there already enough layers between “us” and “them,” with most of these layers being added in the last ten years? If news of this new position in fact does seem “trivial,” it is perhaps only because it is so predictable, so incredibly arrogant. It is simply what we expect.
I wonder if this is how oligarchies in fact are formed: almost innocently, but with a well-nurtured sense of condescension.