For $180,000 a year and more fringe benefits than you can shake a stick at, if that's your idea of a good time (another Groucho line), Speck tells faculty he is simply an expensive megaphone for Dwight Douglas and the Board of Governors:
In response to a majority of the questions, Speck said the Board of Governors has made the decisions or will be making them. He said his role has been to provide guidance on the pros and cons of an issue so that board members have a reasonable foundation on which to act. He also said he is making recommendations to the board.
He was asked whether he would ever take an adversarial position with the board if he disagreed with something it did.
“I will give them my best judgment of a situation,” he said. “It’s not a question of whether I can live with it or can’t live with it.”
The lines are all reminiscent of Groucho, but it would be far preferable if Speck would emulate Harpo.