Publisher Grant Miller Andrew Jackson didn’t invent the spoils system, but he made it the cornerstone of his term as President. It didn’t matter how competent you were, if you were a Jackson loyalist, a public servant was fired, and you were handed his job. For almost 50 years, the election of a new President saw the wholesale sacking of government employees and their replacement with party hacks. The passage of the Pendleton Act in 1883 reformed civil service, replacing spoils system with a nonpartisan merit scheme. (This isn’t a commentary on what is happening in Washington today.) Miami-Dade College is in the midst of trying to find a replacement for retiring President Eduardo Padrón and how they are doing it would make Andrew Jackson proud. The process started off well enough and seemed open and transparent. In February of this year Padrón announced his retirement. Three criteria for applicants were adopted: a Ph.D. from a regionally accredited university; a minimum of ten years of senior level management experience. six of which must be in academic administration; and demonstrated leadership and innovative accomplishments in the area of academic and student service programs and/or administrative, financial, and operational areas. Diversified Search,… Read full this story
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