by Max Brantley
The Democrat-Gazette reported today on backroom dealing by some members of the UA Board of Trustees to ease UAF Chancellor David Gearhart into the job of UA System president (when Alan Sugg retires next year) while retaining for a time his job as chancellor of UAF.
Gearhart is widely admired. But this sounds like a bad idea. No matter how hard he tried, he'd never be viewed as an honest broker on competing interests among campuses while wearing both hats.
UPDATE: UA Board Chair John Ed Anthony has issued a statement dampening talk that Gearhart is to be the successor to Sugg and also saying that any suggestion that the UA System office would move out of Little Rock is unfounded.