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OK Ernie, I’ll try one more time. I have several close ernie ball luke personal friends who have agreed to take on Head of Dept/School roles in UCD based solely on the traditional formula that it was their turn, every other senior person in the dept had done it more recently, etc etc. These are in all cases very ‘traditional’ academics with no connection to the current management of the university. They have without exception loathed the job, but have accepted it and soldiered on because someone has to do it.
Given that in both cases I’m thinking of, they were the only ‘willing’ candidates ernie ball jp6 put forward by their department/school, the university management simply had to accept their appointments, with no questions asked. I think it is highly offensive to label such people as ‘yes men’. Especially when we all know that many departments have senior staff who are too selfish to agree to take on such tasks, but then (in some cases) get to posture that this selfishness is some kind of ideological stand.