Time to recognise administrators' skills 2

February 28, 2008

I don't complain about being taken out of context ... but my obnoxious views about businesspeople were uttered in the context of governance, not management. Persons from business backgrounds have nothing special to say about the goals of higher education institutions; but no institution in its right mind forgoes the chance to employ people with the right skills for whatever the job may be - accountancy, financial analysis, health and safety, whatever. It is the moral and intellectual authority of business that I deny, not the usefulness of technical expertise.

Alan Ryan
Warden
New College
Oxford

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