This blog was originally published on Dec. 30, 2007 by Professor Russell L. Weaver.
A colleague at a California law school sent me the following missive regarding his law school’s experience with a narcissistic dean:
“I was reading your missive on decanal values. Quite interesting! I would characterize our former dean’s relationship with the faculty as adversarial. In our case, it did not have an appreciable impact on the dean’s power. That may reflect poorly on us as a faculty or the downside of a private-freestanding law school that is dominated by a board of trustees selected by the person the board is supposed to oversee. My take on the experience was that it was uncomfortable, but not unbearable. The dean becomes a force opposed to change because he truly can’t lead the faculty to agree to change. Eventually he moves on.”