Provost Bean originally said he wanted to go on sabbatical for his health. You take a sick leave for your health. A sabbatical is for research. Sure enough, his sabbatical contract does not mention health - instead it gives two new, conflicting reasons. On page 4 of the pdf, in his cover letter to Lariviere, he says he wants to go back to being Provost:
Jim Bean's got a point: UO needs a more effective Provost. But that's not why he wants a sabbatical. On the very next page of our Provost's sabbatical proposal he's got a totally different story - now he wants to go back to being a professor, and teach and do research. He's got a pretty pathetic idea of what that involves:
Bean thinks student tuition should pay for "visiting old friends"? Wait - it gets even more embarrassing:
I'm no economist, so I can't tell you what $322,140 at a 0.60 FTE plus benefits and a free BMW works out to in dollars but I think it should be enough to find someone willing to actually *read* the literature, not just scan it. (OK, it's $289,562.) And how much did Bean gain by claiming his Senior VP salary rather than his Professor salary, for what is, at least purportedly, an academic sabbatical? 0.60*(322,140 - 185,733) = $81,844 plus OPE at 45% = $118,674. Where did UO get that money? Mostly from our students, and a bit from Oregon taxpayers.
and here's the BMW part:
12/1/2011: These are (mostly) my comments, but I think a substantial majority of the faculty agree. The vote of the ~50 CAS heads was unanimous for Berdahl. Sorry Jim, but that's the way it is.
After a mixed performance as B-School Dean, Jim Bean was appointed interim Provost by Frohnmayer (2008) without a search. Linda Brady had left suddenly and he was available. Then he was promoted to Provost (2009) without a search. Just like Chancellor Pernsteiner's career.
His tenure as Provost was also mixed, at best. Lots of efforts to make himself look good (his oversold 5 big ideas) and a repeated refusal to engage with the faculty on tough questions (e.g. athletics, Martinez firing, budgets, Bend, ...). Unable to attract good administrators to UO. Kept Russ Tomlin and Frances Dyke for 3 years? John Moseley is *still* on the books as Bean's "special assistant" at $248,941 FTE? Now that's leadership.
One reason for the Lariviere firing was the faculty and administrative raises. Bean took one of the largest ones for himself - $15,340. Imagine if he could have gone out to the press defending Lariviere, saying "I believed these were so important to retention that I pushed them through and did not take a dime for myself." Bean couldn't do that, because $306,800 was not enough for him. He wanted $322,140 (and a BMW 7 series) - regardless of what it cost UO in the end.
Then this September he stepped down at the last minute as Provost - literally a few days before classes started. President Lariviere had to rummage through the Johnson Hall recycling bins for an interim replacement. I've never heard of someone taking a sabbatical for medical reasons - we do them for research, right? Weird. I wonder what his sabbatical contract looks like.
Now - 2 months after saying he was physically unable to be provost, he's suddenly willing and able to take on the President's job. I don't trust him or his relationship with Pernsteiner and the board. I think this is a set up. So do many others. Show us the medical records Jim.
He's been a toady for Chancellor Pernsteiner before: Watch this 2009 video of the infamous "furlough meeting" where Bean claimed that UO was in the black on our Bend satellite, that we had a lean top administration, spending 38% of what our peer institutions spend, and that we should go along with Pernsteiner's call for voluntary faculty furloughs:
Lies and more lies.