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The "Deadly Sins" of Deaning

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In his article, The Seven Deadly Sins of Deaning,  Dean Steven Smith (Cal. Western), a former colleague here at Louisville, points out that:

"DEANS sin. There are the petty offenses: the occasional missed reception, the student's name forgotten, or the parliamentary gaff at a faculty meeting. These are generally forgiven and dismissed before the next graduation.

There are, however, the more serious decanal transgressions that are not so easily forgiven or forgotten. The worst of these are deaning's Seven Deadly Sins, the wrongs that will rot a deanship. They may destroy the trust that allows a dean to function, dissipate the opportunity for the law school to make progress under a dean, or interfere with the collegial environment that supports learning and discovery."

So, you might ask, what are the "deadly sins?"  Dean Smith summarizes them as follows: deception, revenge, narcissism, pessimism, taciturnity, disloyalty and aimlessness.  In subsequent blogs, I will talk about some of these "sins." 

Tyrants

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The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
--Aesop (~550 BC)