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Frawley opens up in book about failed university presidents
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William Frawley, the ill-fated, single-year president of the University of Mary Washington, opened up recently in a book about university presidencies and why they fail.
As reported by the Washington Post, “Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It,” by long-serving George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was published in August by Johns Hopkins University Press and contains interviews with two presidents, one being Frawley, about their short term presidencies.Frawley was fired from UMW’s top administrative position in 2007 after he was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Frawley is quoted as saying:
“I think as a senior university administrator, you are forced into being functionally dishonest, saying empty positives in expected public academic discourse, all the while keeping the real truth of an institution — its crunches, impossibilities and realistic sense of itself and its future — behind villa walls. Over the course of twenty-five years, from chair to dean to president, I found myself becoming a robotic academic apologist and increasingly disillusioned with dishonesty. To do the job, I turned into a kind of anti-intellectual; the events that happened were a necessary part of me giving that up and getting genuine freedom, which I think I have now.”
The next president to take the helm at UMW, Judy Hample, also left the post abruptly, after two years on the job.
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