Translucent Academic Leadership

At a college meeting I once attended, one of the department chairs accused the dean of not being transparent enough in the way she made decisions. The dean answered that it wasnít that simple. Confidential matters were sometimes involved. She couldnít violate the trust of people who had shared certain information with her. She needed to be discreet about personnel issues, and so on. There was a pause, and then the chair asked, ďWell, if you canít be transparent, can you at least be a little more translucent?Ē

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