by Max Brantley
The new UA chancellor, G. David Gearhart, sure has a defter touch than some other academicians I can think of. He talks to reporters. He greeted new students with sleeves rolled up to help them move into dorms. Now this.
He's announced he'll forego a high-dollar inauguration ceremony. Instead, he'll spend $50,000 on 50 one-time scholarships for entering freshmen based on academic merit and financial need.
“Given the state of the economy and the struggles that so many of our current and incoming students and families are facing, spending funds on an inauguration seems ill-advised and frankly unnecessary – despite the fact that I have received ongoing questions and interest in holding such an event,” said Gearhart.