Someone implied that I think Wendler is a villain in the comments and it isn't so. I think he is well meaning, but not capable of doing the job.
It seems that Uncle Walt has a clear mental division with the administrators on one side and the faculty and staff on the other. Right now he had clear control over the administrators and very little over faculty (beyond screwing people over on promotions and getting the best people to put their resumes on the street). Staff is somewhere in the middle. It is kind of funny that he doesn't demand results from the administrators, just that they are loyal.
A little story for you. My first 10 years after college I was involved in a number of layoffs. There was an important lesson to be learned from big layoffs. If the right people (the deadwood) were laid off, it was a good thing for the firm. If the good people were let go, say 100% of an organization with a failing product (including some superstars), the firm was going out of business. The survivers got the message pretty quick, good people going is bad, bad people going is good.
Let's assume you are the faculty, USG, A/P Staff or any other organization on campus where Wendler is trying to do a hostile takeover, before you just gave in and decided Uncle Walt should be your supreme commander, wouldn't it be wise to analyze how he is running the one organization he has real control over? The administration. If we view a snapshot of the administration at SIUC today and try to decide if the university is on the way up or down, like we do after a layoff what do we find? I think we can get virtually everyone (including people who think professors are working in the shower) to agree the administration was bad when Wendler came and is worse now. Feel free to write in if you feel differently.
Here is a quick list of the good people who have "left" SIUC since Wendler arrived. We lost the guy who was the key to turning around the whole athletic program, the good AD, the senior lawyer, the US Congressman who ran facilities (granted he is back), the US Senator who ran the highest visibility organization (granted he died) and almost every Dean in just 5 years! Don't forget that Wendler and Dunn have their CV's on the street and are actively interviewing for jobs. These are just the people I can name as I type, I mostly don't pay attention. Look who stayed and who mans the key positions in the administration? I'm certain that they aren't getting into the MLB playoffs with this talent.
Like Italy before WW2, when they embraced Mussolini because he could "make the trains run on time." The vested groups would likely give up control of SIUC to a dictator, if there was a good chance of success. An example of how the trains don't run on time, after 5 years there still isn't any literature in the high schools around the state for SIUC (the only school who can't execute this simple task), only university in Illinois that no advertising budget, only university that doesn't test incoming students for math, only university in Illinois with declining enrollment. The administration is so incompetent they have recently decided to shift the blame to the Deans by giving them "responsibility for recruiting" for their own colleges. The real problem is what Wendler has failed to fix the administration and clearly isn't up to the task of fixing the rest of the problems where he doesn't have control. If I was on campus, I wouldn't be signing up to be the next group Wendler "fixed."
The Wendler management experiment is over and we know the results. It is to bad when someone talks a reasonable game, but can't execute. It certainly isn't that he is a villain, as a matter of fact it could be that SIUC needs a villain. There are so many people who need to improve performance at SIUC, it could be that only a villain will be able to make the painful moves that will be required to turn things around (a tip on the first painful move? Public firings of the worst people in the administration).
As always, your comments are welcome.