NDSU President Concerned that UND’s President From Berkeley Doesn’t Get Canned

Last week UND President Bob Kelley said that he was responsible for a firing of a long time administrator. This administrators only defect seems to be that she was one of the few people with North Dakota values with a high level job at the University.

I was wondering exactly what that meant. If the firing was unjustified then the President of the University should go. Since they haven’t come up with any reason for the firing it seems to me to be unjustified.

Apparently the heat is on because the NDSU President said one of the most important things he can do is save Kelley’s job:

“I’m often asked what my priorities are. No. 1 is serving the state. And no, that’s not about NDSU. NDSU is part of serving the state,” Bresciani said. “The second one is keeping Bob Kelley as the president of UND.”

I think Bresciani knows that if UND gets someone less arrogant, less incompetent in the President’s Mansion that Bresciani’s incompetence and arrogance is going to stand out a lot more.

Unfortunately the people in charge of watching over our Universities are still in denial about what’s happening on the campuses. They actually gave Kelley and Brescianni big raises yesterday to reward them for doing such a crappy job.

Robert Kelley, president of the University of North Dakota, got a 4 percent pay increase. Kelley’s new annual salary of $330,158 annually makes him the highest-paid chief executive of all of North Dakota’s public colleges.

Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, was also given a 4 percent raise, to $312,000.

Our Higher Education system is broke. It’s not about preparing our North Dakota kids to succeed in their lives anymore.

I'm a Grand Forks native and alumni of North Dakota. I want to be Rob Port when I grow up.

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  • ec99

    Kelley is 67.  I give him a couple more years.  Hope UND can survive til then.  Rumor was that he took the job instead of retiring  because he has big alimoney payments from a previous marriage and couldn’t afford retirement.

  • wj

    What is the purpose of the “from Berkeley” comment?  Where he came from is irrelevant.  Talk about stereotyping . . . 

    • ec99

      It’s called guilt by association.  Berkeley has been stereotyped as a far-left hotbed since Mario Savio’s Free Speeach Movement of the early 60s.  The implication is that Kelley’s desire to get rid of the nickname is due to the PC line he absorbed there. 

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      I don’t believe he shares our values. He can come with new ideas but nnot throw nd values out of our institution.

      • VocalYokel

        I thought it was spelled  B-E-R-S-E-R-K-L-E-Y…

      • ec99

        When it comes to bureaucracies (government, corporations, higher ed), there are no values…even in ND.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Because Berkeley is the bastion of liberal thought and political correctness. Berkeley is a perfect illustration of what is wrong with our college and universities.

  • Steveengen

    Again, Porty makes accusations about the entire system and sites only two of the campuses as proof.  That’s a stretch, to say the least.  Obviously an axe to grind and very little substance.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Nice powers of observation.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      You’ve got give “Porty” credit, the NDSU system is out of control and a mess right now and UND President has looked like a buffoon since taking over the University of North Dakota. Kelley has done nothing to endure himself to the alumni of UND. I think his biggest flaw is he comes off as a pompous liberal elite that tries to portray himself as being above the fray.

      • ec99

        Kelley has done exactly what he was hired to do:  get rid of people, programs, and nicknames.  You don’t think he’s acted on his own do you?

        • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

          I honestly am not amused or impressed with Robert O Kelley, I think the man is a buffoon and a out of touch Liberal I am also sick and tired of his aw shucks attitude. I actually am hoping his stay at UND is short lived…  I think that people that hired this clown should be ashamed of themselves.

          • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

            He couldn’t leave fast enough for me.

  • Bingo

    Amen, Rob! Raises at a time when so much of the rest of the population has lost retirement due to the economic downturn, etc. and are not themselves getting raises in a bad economy. I feel that we need a people’s commission of some sort to look after what the Board of Higher Ed and our university leaders are doing. When I put this idea by a family member who has a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the U of M, she thought it was a brilliant idea. The people need to start taking an active role in every aspect of overseeing education, not the bureaucrats. It’s time to hold our boards, our educators, and our administrators responsible. This should be a priority in the state. I would go so far as to say that the representatives of the people should have access to syllabi of professors and to visit classrooms to see just what is happening. They should be able to attend Higher Ed Board meetings and meetings of administrators, etc. The idea that the Board of Higher Ed in ND is representing the interests of parents, tax payers, and students has become outdated. They are not. It is time for supervision by the People. A comprehensive plan for oversight by the people should be set up. Imagine a professor at UND who teaches that Mao was a benevolent dictator having to respond to the parents of students in the class. Enough of this lack of transparency regarding where monies are spent, and with what is going on in the classroom.  And the good old boy and girl’s club, the Board of HIgher Ed needs major supervision.

  • Cherz1967

    Nothing will change.  That is a fact.  Until you can get the legislator’s heads out of the ass of the Board of Higher Education.

  • fredlave

    The Board of Higher Ed is unnecessary in a state the size of Nd. It’s actually obstructive. The state’s schools of higher education should deal with a legislative committee. Academics love bureaucracy – it’s like a turtle’s shell and blunts accountability to the taxpayers.

  • spud

    This comment is a little off track here but does concern I believe a bigger problem with education a couple months ago I started talking about a veteran teacher in our school system and how excellent a math teacher he was when I went there 30 years removed.  I was savaged.  Those who spoke against him talked about he didn’t help there kids at all and how they struggled with math.  Therekids 15 years since graduated.  The simple answer why for thes widely different viewpoints this teacher had become institutionalized since I’ve there and just goes through the motions.  The hunger he had early on is gone and I think this occurs with most of our veteran teachers.