Hartford Courant blogger Rick Green has picked up on the fact that there's a growing movement on the University of Connecticut campus to draft retiring U.S. Senator Chris Dodd to be its next president. As evidence, Rick offers this compelling letter from a UConn student.
I may have had differences with Dodd on policy but I think he could do a lot for UConn in terms of increasing its visibility, helping to raise money and using his considerable influence to get favorable treatment at the State House in Hartford.
Plus, this would likely be the last career stop for Dodd, now 66. Several other UConn presidents, including the now-departed Mike Hogan, have used UConn as leverage to get a higher profile position at a larger institution.
As for Dodd's lack of administrative experience, isn't that what we hire provosts for? Even at boarding schools like Hotchkiss, the headmaster doesn't have a heavy hand in the day-to-day running of the school. School and university heads now spend a lot of time on the road fundraising and serving as a roving ambassador looking out for institutional interests.
I say this move would make a lot of sense. Eat your heart out, Marshall.