I Don’t Wish to Start Any Rumors, Especially if There Is Any Chance That They May Be Accurate


But rumor has it that Rudy Fichtenbaum, the President of the AAUP, has been nominated to be a candidate for the presidency of Florida State University.

The basis of this rumor is the following letter, which appeared in my mailbox with the mysterious headnote, “WTF,” which I assume is some sort of clandestine code that requires some later-day Enigma Machine in order to be deciphered.

In any case, here is the letter:


Dr. Fichtenbaum:

We are pleased to inform you that you have been nominated for the Florida State University President position!  The Search Committee has asked us to inform you of this nomination.  This is an outstanding higher education leadership opportunity at one of the nation’s truly fine public universities.

In February 2014, President Dr. Eric Barron announced that he was leaving Florida State University to become the President of Penn State University.  The FSU Board of Trustees…

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