|The Ponytail Dean|
Name: Kent Roberts ’00.
Although he meets few of the formal requirements, Roberts thinks he would be “really great” as a dean. His only agenda would be “seeing that things are fair,” he says. By virtue of his age, not to mention his ponytail and T-shirt, he’d be a bridge between students and the administration, he adds. Still, Roberts knew from the outset that his chances are slim. The search-committee chair sent him a disqualification letter shortly after he filed his application.
Not everyone dismissed him so quickly, Roberts says brightly. Word of his application generated a flurry of encouraging e-mails from faculty. “The prospect of a Gen Y dean intrigues,” one professor wrote. Another added, “A sense of humor goes a long way in the deanship.” Another professor, after wishing Roberts the best of luck, wrote, “I think you will do about as good a job as any candidate.”