8 Reasons Why Elon Musk Should Be Your University’s Next President | In higher ed

The bright and inspiring leadership that Elon Musk brought to Twitter after buying the company for $44 billion is proof enough (as if we needed more) that universities should be run like companies.

What better way to move beyond efficiency and past traditional academic leadership thinking than to adopt Mr. Musk’s operating style as our own and hire Mr. Musk as the president of our university?

Here are 8 top reasons why your board of trustees should make bringing Elon Musk to campus as the institution’s next leader a top priority:

#1 – It has time: Elon Musk might not seem to have time on his schedule to add a university president to the ranks of CEO of Twitter, Telsa and SpaceX. That’s the typical zero-sum mentality of education. Elon Musk has widely shown that he can easily take on more leadership responsibilities, and his work as a university president will be juxtaposed with leading a social network, an electric vehicle company, and a for-profit space exploration company.

#2 – Prevention of staff swelling; As is clear to spend a minute thinking about higher education, the number one problem universities face is staff bloat. Musk’s track record of firing half of Twitter’s staff shows that the top ED will have the strength to do what it takes to bring the workforce to the most efficient and optimal level.

#3 – Faculty/Staff Productivity: Business-savvy critical observers have been wondering what professors around the world do when they’re not teaching. A university led by Elon Musk can follow what he brings to all the organizations he leads. Every university employee is expected to sit at their desk for at least 40 hours a week. Truly committed academics sleep in their rooms working day and night to ensure that every teaching and research bottleneck is resolved.

#4 – University shuttles replaced by hyperloopsIn the year After the introduction of PRT (Private Rapid Transit) at West Virginia University in 1975, campus transportation developments stalled. As president, Musk will bring his expertise in Heloop technology to solving campus transportation problems. Fast and efficient transit through the Hyperloop allows university employees to affordably park miles away from campus. Through Hyperloops, University President Mook solves the existential management problem described by Clark Kerr: “The university is an individual entrepreneur with a common complaint about parking.”

#5 – No more noise outside our offices and classrooms. One of his first acts as university president (after laying off half his staff) was to order the replacement of all gasoline-powered lawn mowers with (Tesla-branded) electric mowers. These electric mowers are quiet and ensure that the university does its part to save the planet from the current climate crisis.

#6 – Tesla robots to address campus short staff: The university’s traditional leaders, who came to their presidency with academic work, could not solve the problem of lack of services on campus. Student-facing services, such as dining halls, have suffered as universities have been unable to hire and retain sufficient staff. According to university president Elon Musk, replacing as many human campus workers as possible with Tesla robots will be in place to solve these problems. (Tesla Optimus Bot). Advances in artificial intelligence and sensors will accelerate the transition of expensive university staff to efficient and cost-effective robots, ultimately bending the higher ed cost curve and creating the conditions to cure the university’s cost malaise.

#7 – Satellite Marian Campus: As the new president of the university and CEO of SpaceX, Musk will accelerate plans to build new revenue-generating satellite campuses. Unlike traditional university leaders, Musk will boldly lead a Mars academic colony, bypassing ground-based campuses. High-quality degrees and tuition from billionaires interested in space travel create a new and much-needed source of university income.

#8 – Replacing university email with DMS: If there’s one thing everyone who works at a university can agree on (besides how terrible parking is), it’s that email is the worst. As president, Musk generously provides every university faculty, staff, and student with a verified Twitter account at a discount. After laying off half his staff and replacing gas-powered lawnmowers with battery-powered mowers, Musk is demanding that all university communications move from email to Twitter direct messages. For all stakeholders, the elimination of long emails replaced by PT DMs will greatly increase the level of campus productivity for the rest of the university staff.

For too long, colleges and universities have failed to learn from the most dynamic companies and for-profit leaders. Higher education has not been able to emulate the agility and innovation of giant companies like Twitter.

By recruiting Elon Musk as its next president, your university can demonstrate its commitment to disruption.

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