Ford said one of the main factors that attracted the committee to Gupta was his success at raising money.As many of you know, there is a little company in Seattle area called Microsoft and the stock options were running pretty good in the late 90's. The estimate is there are between 25,000 and 35,000 Microsoft stock option millionaires. Then you have the 2000 to 3000 high tech companies that were created in the 90's in the Seattle area, including mine.
While dean at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2004, Gupta more than tripled the money raised by the School of Business. The school raised roughly $20 million in the five fiscal years before his arrival, and about $62 million during Gupta's tenure, according to the school's Department of External Relations.
It would be interesting to know why anyone thinks that you wouldn't have fund raising go up 100%+ at UW in that time frame. I wonder how the other colleges did in comparison.
We know already that he will not be able to double SIU giving and it is just silly to think he can.
From the search committee head Susan Ford -
"One of the concerns is always, 'Well, if you're in a business school in southern California, it may be easier to tap a variety of wealthy markets than sitting in southern Illinois,' but he has developed a series of connections and skills and abilities, and it's our sense that they will translate well here," she said.You kind of wonder if the people doing the recruiting understand what is going on at SIU or if they are willing to throw out happy BS, even if it isn't true.
I have no idea if this candidate is any good, but why are SIU spoke persons putting quotes like this out for the press? Maybe the secret hiring of Glenn Poshard was better?