Wednesday, August 15, 2007

AMSL Dean Offers Simple Explanation

Sometimes the simplest answers are the best. Here is an excerpt from an apparent interview with Dean Dobranski:

Q: What is the state of relations between the Ave Maria faculty and the Board of Governors?

Dean Dobranski (paraphrased in the original):
Its relationship with much of the faculty is excellent. As to the dissident group, I don’t think the Board has a bad relationship. I think it’s the dissident group having contempt for the Board’s decisionmaking process. [The view of the dissident faculty members] is not the way boards operate. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to operate in the best interest of the law school.

[O]n the issue of faculty involvement, I made a count [of] how much instances we had of soliciting faculty input. We had at least 14 specific instances of soliciting faculty input since 2002 on the question of the move. They were also invited to present their views to the board [at meetings].

But this isn’t really about input. It’s about who is going to make the decision. And the decision has been made -- the Board has made its decision.