As a researcher, Richard McCormick has been a political historian. As president of Rutgers University for the past decade, he’s been a jockstrap-sniffing disaster, whose funneling of money from academics to athletics has been roughly the same order of magnitude as declines in state support: FY 2010 athletic subsidies of $27 million against the $29 million loss in annual state funding in the FY 2010-12 period, and that doesn’t include more than $100 million in construction on the football
church stadium. McCormick’s motto: “Who needs phones in faculty offices? I wouldn’t answer their calls anyway.” As a followup to this magnificent management of funding dilemmas, McCormick’s administration took the logical step: they openly violated labor agreements, including an attempt to force faculty being promoted to accept dry (i.e., no-raise) promotions.
It’s starting to fall apart now for McCormick as he begins his last semester as Rutgers’s Unterverwalter. Overpaid football coach Greg Schiarno left Rutgers this week for the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The faculty union at Rutgers pressured the administration into a settlement and new collective bargaining agreement ratified this week. Cynical observers of Rutgers have to wonder: on what craptastic note will McCormick leave ? He has to work hard to pack some final corruption in this spring, before his yearlong sabbatical and post-Dear-Leader life as the second-most-overpaid historian in the world, behind Newt Gingrich when he was working for Freddie Mac. Will it be the breaking apart of Rutgers with the Camden campus tossed as a bone to Rowan University while the annexation of UMDNJ becomes McCormick’s “legacy”? Will it be the hiring of another overpaid football coach? Or is there another boondoggle sitting out there?
I can hardly wait.