Skorton a great hire for Smithsonian position

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 24 2014 | 2:10 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:06 am in

I was delighted to read the news that David Skorton, my former boss and president of Cornell University, will head the Smithsonian Institution. Heís brilliant, instinctively knows how to treat every person and every situation to achieve a positive result, respects everyone, has a great sense of humor and is one of the most caring people Iíve ever met.

He once gave me a difficult assignment and was impressed by my approach and the results. He felt that I deserved a bonus.

He immediately went over to President Mary Sue Colemanís office to ask her for the money. She said no. He came back, took the money out of his salary and gave it to me. Itís no wonder that heís enjoyed great employee loyalty no matter where heís worked.

A friend sent me an email commenting on Davidís appointment. Here is an excerpt: ďSpecial mention (needs to be made regarding) the Iowa Board of Regents who pushed Skorton out of his job as president of the University of Iowa. A job he earned by being incredibly competent. Small-minded and self-interested, the Iowa Regents punished Skorton for acting in the best interest of the university. They showed him! First president of Cornell, then the Smithsonian. Iowa Regents should

be exposed for their


Iíll have to agree with those sentiments.

Lawrence Rettig

South Amana


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