YourCaptain wrote:I am genuinely surprised at the level of indignity people are expressing in defense of Dean Pless.
Sure, he was helpful with his posts relating to UIUC admissions - it is in his best interest to do so. His job is to entice applications and put the school in the best possible light - putting forth a public profile of the school with its admissions officer being a helpful and open individual will make most prospective applicants have a very favorable view of the school. His job is not to be your friend - his actions, helpful as they were, were motivated by self-interest, not out of altruism.
His culpability shouldn't just be assumed, but don't mistake his intentions for a defense of character.
He can be both a great salesman and a good person. I tend to trust Botwin on this one.