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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Regents Pick Ohioan Smith for NSU President

A press release from the Board of Regents says James M. Smith of Bowling Green State University has beaten Madison's own Mark Lee in the competition to become the next president of Northern State University.

To Dr. Smith, welcome to South Dakota! To Dr. Lee, don't sweat it! Where would you rather live: beautiful Lake Herman, or Aberdeen? Besides, why would anyone want to be Ken Blanchard's boss? ;-)

To the good, Dr. Smith and his wife Connie Ruhl-Smith have produced research (cited in this punchy 2007 essay from the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration) showing that corporate-style reforms and for-profit schools endorsed by conservatives do not produce better education. Nice!

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