The beauty of the “Celebrity Apprentice” is that contestants are put through various business-related tests to prove their skills, contacts and innovations. Of course, there’s only one winner, but that’s fine. The winner isn’t actually going to work for Donald Trump. And the losers? Well, they’re already celebrities. So there.
The problems with UH’s searches for athletic directors (and coaches and custodians) are candidates are assessed on resumes and hypothetical tests. If, say, there were an opening for a custodian, a committee would check an applicant’s background, former employment and, perhaps, ask the best thing to do if the pipes broke. But the committee wouldn’t scatter sunflower seeds on a rug, then time how long it would take to clean.
In screening AD candidates, each should be given a task, then asked to actually solve/perform it, such as: 1) Find a way to pay for a CIT berth; 2) Cut the budget without cutting a program or slashing each team’s expenses; 3) Find a rich donor … now!
But real-application tests aren’t possible because anonymity is a big (and necessary) part of the process. More often, it just isn’t a good situation for a candidate to be a publicly known applicant … and then not get the job. And that’s why lists are cloaked in secrecy and why interviews are conducted in high-rise restaurants where candidates will never eat there again.
That’s understandable. But to mix even more metaphors, it takes more than kicking a tire. It takes knowing how to finance a car, maintain it, and be connected to quality repair shops. That just can’t happen in a showroom.
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Birthday shout-outs to:
> Quinton Pedroza
> Storm Akiona
> Leroy Lutu
> Sean Eyman