In addition to the final list (published at the end of this post) of faculty, administrators and CEOs, the Yale Corporation has assigned four Counselors (student, faculty, staff, and alumni) to, well, counsel, the Committee in its search for the next Yale University overlord supreme leader tzar president. Of particular interest is the decision to, for the first time ever, officially include a student in the decision-making process.
They clearly went for looks instead of brains (jokes! JOKES) in choosing Student Counselor Brandon Levin ’13.
Former Yale College Council President, current Whiffenpoof, and one of Yale’s “50 Most Beautiful People”, Levin is a good representative of your typical Yale student: too overachieving for his own good.
In an email interview, Levin expressed his views on his new role as Student Counselor.
My role is, first and foremost, to act as a conduit for the views of students in providing counsel to the Yale Corporation. So, I don’t see myself as conveying my own views to the Corporation; rather, it’s far more important that I solicit the views of students about the direction the University should pursue in the coming years, the attributes ideally found in a new president, and any recommendations they may have for particular candidates. In this sense, I aim to be a facilitator and ‘funnel,’ liaising between all Yale students — undergrads, grad students, and professional school students alike — and the Search Committee and Yale Corporation.
The Corporation has, of course, already faced criticism for its choices to the Search Committee and that criticism has faced criticism too. And while this initial grumbling is to be expected, we wonder whether students will maintain an interest in choosing Yale’s most powerful figure. Does your typical Yalie really consider the influence of the President on a daily basis? Levin the Younger is keepin’ that dream alive: Read the rest of this entry »