Can you believe Florida State University accepted $5 million from the infamous ex-Sunbeam CEO ‘Chainsaw’ Al Dunlap to create a ‘Student Success Center’? Unbelievable!
Dunlap was one of the most horrific chief executives in recent American business history. His slash-and-burn management style destroyed countless businesses, not to mention lives. He finally came a cropper when financial irregularities led to his personal downfall and Sunbeam’s eventual bankruptcy. But, like many poorly performing CEOs, Al walked away with a pot load of cash. And, good old Al decided to use a pittance of it to help out a local school.
In FSU’s case, money clearly ‘trumped’ any ethical considerations (pun intended, by the way). When asked why the Florida State web site didn’t mention Dunlap’s sordid past, a spokesperson sniffed, "Our decision was to focus on what this gift will do. We didn’t feel there was anything to be gained by getting into his career." Yeah, sure.
Well, anyway, following the example set by the truly unholy alliance between FSU and Chainsaw Al, how about the following possibilities?
– The Jeffrey Skilling School of Evasive Management at the University of Houston
– The Richard Scrushy School of Creative Finance at the University of Alabama
– The James McGreevey double major in leading double lives at Rutgers University
– The Barry Bonds School of Boorishness at Stanford University
– The James Frey School of Selective Memory at the University of Minnesota.
And so on. And so forth. Feel free to add your own suggestions. Oh, and by the way, if I were an FSU alum, I’d be one royally pissed off Seminole right about now.