During a meeting with the Creighton Law School staff, dean-elect Paul McGreal mentioned an article entitled “You Gotta Pay the Pig.” It begins as follows:
Once upon a time, there was a young, optimistic dean.
Different ideas-terrific, embrace them!
New challenges; bring them on.
Personality-open-minded, charitable, prepared to think the best of others’ motives – a true boychik in brutish world.
Colleagues-a chance for celebrating with enthusiasm every eccentric brilliant moment.
Students-nothing but bright futures, each one a budding Darrow, Tribe, Harlan, or O’Connor.
Staff-nothing but professionals, dedicated fully to institutional goals.
Alumni-motivated troopers, prepared to give, give again, and then give until nothing is left to give.
The university-guaranteed to fund every good idea.
The Board (of Regents or Trustees)-full of trust, ready to delegate to us the authority to become the best, and upbeat about the great days ahead.
Somewhere along the line she or he (or is it I) changed.
Doubts crept in.
Cynicism felt comfortable,
Sarcasm had a wonderful tonal quality.
Paranoia-a necessary survival skill because colleagues, students, alums, universities, legislators, regulators, and everyone else is out to get us.
You can read the full article by Richard A. Matasar, former President and Dean of the New York Law School, here.