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Maybe what we need at Minnesota is a "Chief Inspiration Officer?"

After all we've got a Minister of Culture, we are Driven to Discover, and we typically call in consultants when we are in deep doo-doo. This allows administrators to shirk responsibility for what they were not doing...

Today, courtesy of University Diaries, I learned about the Chief Inspiration Officer at the University of Idaho. Since she is from Minnesota, maybe we could get a special rate, no big travel being involved?

From the Spokesman-Review:

Faculty question expert’s earnings

‘Inspiration officer’ paid $112,500 over nine months at UI

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho is paying a Minnesota consultant who spends less than two weeks a month on the Moscow campus $112,500 to serve as its “chief inspiration officer,” according to public records.

Rodriguez, a former teacher and missionary who was born in Cuba and has a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College in Michigan and a master’s degree in human resources from St. Thomas University in Miami, is helping the university adopt its strategic plan and is worth the expense, provost Doug Baker said.

“She’s helping us reshape our culture,” Baker told the Daily News.

Rodriguez, who is with the Minneapolis-based consulting company Volentum, said she helps create global peacemaking communities. In her biography, Rodriguez says she coined several terms, including “peacemaking” and “vitalizing change.”

Rodriguez facilitated a two-day workshop in February, when the university was considering eliminating an undergraduate degree in physics, and it ultimately helped save the program, College of Science Dean Scott Wood said.

“We obviously got to a resolution,” Wood said. “I’m not convinced we would have gotten there without Magaly’s help.”

But physics professor Francesca Sammarruca said the workshop focused mainly on sharing feelings, resolving personal conflicts and did not address the “hasty decision” to potentially cut the degree program.

“The point is that her services cannot help with problems such as ours,” Sammarruca wrote in an e-mail. “That decision needed to be discussed openly and thoroughly between the people involved in a (moderated) professional meeting, and at a much lower cost.


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