POINT OF NO RETURN
Some members of the Pace faculty, who might not have had the chance to follow the recent developments at Pace , will be excused for thinking that the nature of the tension that has evolved over the past few months between the Board of Trustees and the President on one side and the faculty on the other is similar to a family squabble. Both sides will yell at each other and then normalcy reigns again supreme. In my opinion this is a simplistic view and a wrong one for what has transpired in this uneasy and antagonistic relationship between two groups each of which thinks of itself as the guardian of the institution.
The truth of the matter is that tension is not one between two members of the same family who happen to disagree about a few peripheral issues within the household. What best characterizes this on going struggle is a fundamental disagreement about how to run a household and whether the decisions of one party have resulted in nothing short of a run of calamities , one after the other. The disagreements that have arisen as a result of these quasi fatal mistakes make it impossible to kiss and make up. It is too late for counseling and the parties must separate. Bridges have been burnt and there is no going back to what used to be.
The dire financial straights in which the university finds itself in addition to the enrollment shortfalls, the numerous resolutions, responses and counter responses have created an atmosphere of distrust between the two parties. The fact that some faculty members refuse to accept that the Rubicon has been crossed does not mean that it has not. It is crucially important that we all accept what has already taken place; trust, confidence, allegiance and respect are issues that are impossible to mend once they have been damaged. Once a stream called the Rubicon is crossed, and we have waded through it, then there is no going back. The damage to the human relationship has been irrevocable. All the kings’ soldiers and all the kings’ men cannot put back Humpty Dumpty together again