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Re: “Dr. Venkat Reddy chosen as UCCS chancellor

Good choice! Congrats to UCCS.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 05/08/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

When they find such comparable, glaring weaknesses in their background.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 05/02/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

Not having a terminal degree isn't "made up." Not having any experience with a civilian US university, much less a large research-oriented one, isn't a made-up excuse. No experience in the arena of academic freedom, nor academic leadership without the benefit of rank, aren't made up excuses. A recent background of cutting, not expanding ,academic programs isn't made-up either. Could she adapt and lead without these primary qualifications? Maybe. Does UCCS want to take that chance when they have two other eminently qualified candidates who DO possess these qualifications and proven track records? We'll see. Many are just happy that she's leaving USAFA.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 04/30/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

Interesting... It's pretty easy to "win people over" at USAFA when you outrank everyone and basically hold their career in your hands. You can make unilateral decisions (like decreasing the importance of academics cited above) and every will just salute smartly and say "great decision, general!" Not sure how that would go over at UCCS. Also interesting that she claims the unverifiable fact that she was offered a promotion and turned it down to stay at USAFA. Another alternative unverifiable fact is that she asked for a fifth year at USAFA and was turned down by the Pentagon. Might as well mention that as long as we're throwing around "alternative facts." Finally, her commitment to high quality education isn't that difficult to measure. During her tenure at USAFA, she's moved to decrease graduation academic requirements, cutting core courses (gen ed requirements) like English, Physics, Chem, and Engineering from the core curriculum while also cutting admin support (all but four dept secretaries are gone, down for 20 academic depts) in order to staff her public affairs machine that makes her look good (along with a new $360K office foyer) and spins her narrative. I half want to see her get this job, but only out of morbid curiosity.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 04/30/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “AFA chief wants UCCS chancellor job

Picking MDJ would be interesting seeing as she has no doctorate, no US civilian university experience (especially at the graduate/research level to which UCCS aspires), and a command/leadership style based upon the formality of military rank alone. Sounds like the antithesis of her predecessor, but then maybe that's what they want?

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 04/22/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “New female AFA commandant moving here soon, with her wife

Nowhere on the original e-mail was there any mention of "For Official Use Only." There were no disclaimers of any kind and it was sent out to EVERYONE at USAFA with an e-mail account on the date shown above. It was on some Facebook accounts within hours--including parent pages. And, yes, I agree that most of the Air Force is actually "f[u]rther along in this whole acceptance thing" than some want to acknowledge, and that's a good thing. I also think that you're missing the MRFF's point here. No one on the MRFF staff is calling for a headline that says "Lesbian Hired!" They're just asking the legitimate question: "Why, if the selection's already official and broadly announced to USAFA personnel, hasn't there been a public announcement or press release stating the relevant facts (and her private life is not a relevant fact here)?" The strange lack of timing just raises eyebrows and begs the question, "Are they trying to hide or downplay something here?" It just seems weird that DAYS go by without a press release when it was almost instantaneous in the past for other senior leader position changes at USAFA (Supt, Dean, AD, etc). And yes, Good on you, USAFA and Big Blue, for the selection.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/22/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “New female AFA commandant moving here soon, with her wife

Hopefully, she won't be subjected to any mandatory conversion therapy by the local fighter mafia--and we've progressed beyond that narrow view and can accept some diversity in our Air Force. We'll see.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/21/2017 at 2:26 PM

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