New Badger Partnership: The Support GrowsPosted: February 24, 2011
World famous Professor William Cronon wrote a letter to the Board of Regents today and makes many pointed comments and eloquently makes a fantastic case for the New Badger Partnership.
Some select quotes
Anyone who pretends this isn’t true [UW-Madison faces problems of a different magnitude than the others] hasn’t thought hard enough about the ongoing miracle that Wisconsin–a state never more than middling in its population and wealth–has somehow, astonishingly and against all odds, managed to sustain one of the greatest public research universities in the world.
Truth. This is amazing when you think about it and needs to be preserved.
I ask those who may be sharpening their knives and planning to dress down (or, far worse, bring down) Biddy Martin for what she has sought to achieve in the Badger Partnership–no, I beg them–to ask themselves whether they honestly believe this university would be better off without her–or better off with her effectiveness substantially diminished by wounds inflicted in a moment of anger.
If anyone thinks this University would be better without a Chancellor that cares enough about us to risk her own job, they really need to rethink their metric of evaluation. Chancellor Martin has been one of the best things f0r the UW and we need a visionary for these tough times.
We have that leadership in Chancellor Biddy Martin. I hope we will not be so foolish as to undermine her authority or weaken her ability to lead this great university at a time when strong leadership has never been more needed.