SECRECY OR CONNIVING
Secret meetings held by the Harvard presidential search committee demonstrates a lack of transparency in a process fraught with corruption.
According to Crimson, the search committee selecting Harvard’s next president met secretly at the Belmont home of a committee member last Saturday. The group spent almost the whole day in private discussions and a dozen total people left when darkness fell at the end of the day
The secret nature of these meetings has historically been justified to protect the privacy and job security of the candidates. While this discretion can be understood, what is questionable is that these types of secret society meetings having absolutely zero transparency with the rest of the process when so much of the decision-making is clearly based on companies buying influence through their candidate.
When Tata Group donated $50 million, the largest international donation in the history of HBS Harvard, two months before Harvard officially named the man (Nitin Nohria) who facilitated the donation as dean of the business school, the need for transparency with these meetings became abundantly clear. There has never been a more obvious quid pro quo “buying” of influence in the history academia and yet we still allow this prostitution to continue.
Our sources tell us that the old tricks are back. Are Dean Nohria’s backers aggressively seeking to continue to buy influence at Harvard by making promises of donations if current Tata board member and HBS Dean Nitin Nohira is chosen as president ? This type of corruption wouldn’t even be allowed in a business where people turn a blind eye to ethics. Why is it being permitted in academia?
Harvard is not for sale.