Alright, this news came in over the weekend while I was at the Michigan Republican Winter State Convention, and I’ve been swamped with stuff, so I’m just now getting to it.
President Machael Rao, who’s been at CMU for 9, decided that he’s going to leave at the end of this year, to take a job as president of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Personally, I think that Rao is leaving at a bad time. He just started his pet project, the medical school (which I strongly oppose because, in my opinion, it’s a waste of money that we can’t afford to waste right now), and now he’s leaving.
Personally, I hope that we have a president who’s more fiscally responsible than Rao was. He overspent money, raised tuition, initially refused to give a pay raise to the teachers, but then decided that a 3% pay raise was alright for him. Instead of cutting costs where we could (aluminum gutters on Warriner Hall, new street signs with university colors), lowering tuition for the students (or at least keeping it the same), and giving the teachers a pay raise, he gave HIMSELF a pay raise.
Probably the worst thing he did was get rid of the CMU promise, which promised that tuition would stay at the same level for students throughout their stay at CMU. That was a HUGE draw for CMU, and with that gone, CMU lost a lot of it’s luster.
I wish Rao the best as he leaves. He’s a really nice guy, but I think he could’ve done a lot better for CMU, and leaving right now is the wrong thing to do.
Good luck, Mr. Rao! At least it’ll be warmer in Virginia!