Q: Could you talk about what?s going on with UMass and Jack Wilson? Could we get a comment on that?
Patrick: “I respect the president?s right and authority to make personnel decisions. I understand that there’s some feeling on at least the UMass Amherst campus that President Wilson did not consult broadly enough in advance. But, in terms of his authority to make those calls, I respect that right.”
Well, that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the whole system reorganization, is it? I can’t imagine that the governor actually has no control over the entire reorganization of the university system. Goodness, for all that the UMass is supposed to be insulated from politics, it’s been a playground for lobbyists and Bulgers and Meehans. Should Patrick now insert himself into this? Hey, by our present standards, why not?
Or maybe we need new standards, which are supposed to be the current standards.
I guess we’ll get more on Friday, when Patrick delivers his education plan at the UMass Boston graduation.