My blog has moved!

You should be automatically redirected to the new home page in 60 seconds. If not, please visit
and be sure to update your bookmarks. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Out of college , money spent / see no future , pay no rent / all the money's gone, nowhere to go. I wrote a little bit about hard times at Harvard in that review of How the University Works for Polygraph; now here's a whole piece in Vanity Fair on the subject. Via Infectious Greed.

Incensed, one member of the board of Harvard Management Company, the fund that manages Harvard’s endowment, told me, “This story is about leadership. It isn’t about money.” He may be right. At some point in the last five years, the men and women who run Harvard convinced themselves that the endowment would grow at double-digit rates forever. If Harvard were a publicly traded company, those people would have been fired by now.

“Apparently nobody in our financial office has read the story in Genesis about Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream—you know, during the seven good years you save for the seven lean years,” remarked Alan Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law School since 1967. “And now they’re coming hat in hand, pleading to the faculty and students to bear the burden of cutbacks. It’s a scandal! It’s an absolute scandal, the way Harvard has handled this financial crisis.”