I am not in the habit of criticizing my employer, but here goes. Indiana University has a policy holding that the deans of individual schools on campus must retire at 65. In the past, this policy was rarely enforced, but the current President — Michael McRobbie — has decided to enforce the policy strictly. This mindless age discrimination now threatens to force out my dean (who is doing a fine job) despite assurances given when he was hired three years ago that he would not be subject to this age limit.
I think that a serious inquiry should be undertaken to determine whether President McRobbie and IU are in violation of the ADEA. Even if that is not the case, I think the President’s behavior is shameful and sends a clear message to campus that senior faculty are not welcome.