Now that the autocrat Wendler has finally "returned to his first love of teaching," I have hope that Interim John Dunn will understand the difference between leading and ruling. I dearly hope that Dr. Dunn will embrace Pres. Poshard's desire for greater shared governance. Wendler did everything he could to undermine it.
One big difference between the two: Wendler wouldn't even wear a mortarboard for commencement - it would have dented his coiffure. On the other hand, Dunn can be seen in the summer at Saturday morning Farmer's Market unshaven, in sandals, cut-off shorts, and a ratty T-shirt - talking to other citizens in similar attire (designed to get there before the good produce was gone and before it got too hot). That reassures me that he's a human who's not afraid to be seen as such - instead of a ridiculous caricature.
Now, can Dunn explain to the faculty's satisfaction why he behaved as he did with regard to faculty promotion and tenure decisions? I am hoping that I am right that he was simply following Wendler's orders. I like John Dunn and I hope he can restore a sense of community during his service in this position.