When I first talked to Bob in 2001 about his leaving the corporate sector to come to Yale, he expressed the concern that if his family preferred to remain in Boston, the weekly commute might take its toll, and, unfortunately, this has proven to be the case. In Bob’s two years here, we have benefited from his attention to improving our business practices and his warm and genuine embrace of the institution and its values.

President Levin’s previously-discussed letter announcing the abrupt end of Bob Culver’s time as Yale Vice President for Administration and Finance is here. It’s an open question whether the reference to “embrace of the institution and its values” includes telling workers that money for training them for more advanced jobs was “money down the drain.” What “improving our business practices” has wrought will – barring an administative change of heart – be dramatically proven yet again on August 27

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