Charles Koch Buys Right to Choose Economics Professors at Florida State University

Florida StateThis via the St. Petersburg Times:

A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University’s economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting “political economy and free enterprise.”

Traditionally, university donors have little official input into choosing the person who fills a chair they’ve funded. The power of university faculty and officials to choose professors without outside interference is considered a hallmark of academic freedom.

Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it’s not happy with the faculty’s choice or if the hires don’t meet “objectives” set by Koch during annual evaluations.

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8 Responses to Charles Koch Buys Right to Choose Economics Professors at Florida State University

  1. Butter Knife May 13, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Damn, they’ve caught on that when they just up and start their own universities we pay them no heed, and have moved on to co-opting the ones we already have.

    Good thing FSU is, well, just FSU.

  2. Butter Knife May 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Damn, they’ve caught on that when they just up and start their own universities we pay them no heed, and have moved on to co-opting the ones we already have.

    Good thing FSU is, well, just FSU.

  3. Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Next thing we know we will have libraries with only “approved” books, and police units where we only arrest “approved” criminals. They don’t want an elected and somewhat accountable government meddling in business but they don’t mind autocratic, unelected, billionaires controlling government. 

  4. hunter349 May 13, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Next thing we know we will have libraries with only “approved” books, and police units where we only arrest “approved” criminals. They don’t want an elected and somewhat accountable government meddling in business but they don’t mind autocratic, unelected, billionaires controlling government. 

  5. Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Sickening.  One step closer to an alarmist’s vision of the future.

  6. smooth_operator May 13, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Sickening.  One step closer to an alarmist’s vision of the future.

  7. Symbollocks The Druid May 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Well, you’ve got to admit that buying the entire administration of a college is a fuckload more ambition than G Dubya ever showed–he could barely be bothered to buy his own MBA.  That’s the difference between old money and the nouveau riche–at least the newcomers are willing to dive in head first. 

  8. Symbollocks The Druid May 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Well, you’ve got to admit that buying the entire administration of a college is a fuckload more ambition than G Dubya ever showed–he could barely be bothered to buy his own MBA.  That’s the difference between old money and the nouveau riche–at least the newcomers are willing to dive in head first. 

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