President Brown is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern Boston University leader.
It’s not just that the students are pissed. Or that the university is bitterly divided over Mr. Brown’s leadership. Or even that his increasing tuition prices have lead to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration—dean’s, secretaries, janitors—are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his rulings and his worst decisions.
I would know. I am one of them.
To be clear, ours is not the popular resistance of the students. We want the Brown administration to succeed and think that many of his policies have already made BU safer and more prosperous.
But we believe our first duty is to this university, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of BU.
That is why many President Brown appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our institutions while thwarting Mr. Brown’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he takes all of the students’ money, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
Brown must be stopped, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great university.