Energy magnate Charles Koch donates to FSU. In exchange, his foundation chooses which faculty to hire. Does anyone know if this is common? Hit me up.
Florida State University’s Economics department recently accepted money from conservative billionaire Charles Koch. The donations would provide the econ. department with two new faculty members but there’s a hitch - faculty members would not choose who to hire (which is how academic departments traditionally hire) but rather they’d be chosen by the Charles Koch’s foundation.
Needless to say that many of the faculty at Florida State are unhappy with this decision. Today professors Ray Bellamy and Kent Miller outlined their objections in the Tallahassee Democrat. The Democrat firewalls its content so below are the major points that Bellamy and Miller make.