Some New Perspective on CWRU Departures
About six weeks ago, I told you to expect the imminent defection of two important leaders from our most important regional university, CWRU's business-school and medical-school deans. Weatherhead School of Business dean Myron Roomkin announced his departure a couple weeks later, and a couple weeks after that came official word that Med School head Ralph Horwitz was departing for Stanford. I've noticed relatively little complaint about Froomkin's departure (that job has been in a constant state of turnover ever since Scott Cowen left years ago) but the concerns registered about Horwitz's leaving have been much more in evidence. But leave it to my friend Sandy Piderit, a management professor at the business school, to put things in perspective. Writing recently in her blog, she argues: "I hope that no one will make the mistake of assuming that the loss of three or four people in visible leadership roles will, by itself, make or break the university. Universities are tremendously resilient; many have survived and thrived after the loss of a few top administrators."