The former president of Chicago State University left this summer under a cloud when it was discovered she lived like Falstaff on the taxpayer’s dime. A "leadership conference" aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, with her whole family along, for $15,000. Etcetera.
From a story in today’s Chicago Tribune, we learn that among Elnora Daniel’s last extravagances was the commissioning, for $18,000, of a glossy coffee table book honoring … herself. "A Retrospective: Ten Years of Vision and Leadership."
Of course the Trib didn’t have a hard time finding observers to question the strategic wisdom of putting out a book glorifying a departing chief executive.
More delightfully, a fellow turned up who defended the book, Chicago State’s Honors College Dean Richard Milo:
"It is an elaborate memento, but I am not saying inappropriate. There are people at the university who thought and continue to think highly of Dr. Daniel and would much rather she be remembered for the positive things than the few missteps that garnered the university some unwelcome publicity."
It’s leadership like this that makes "strategic communication" the joke that it so often is, no?