farewell ceremony for Mark Rotenberg last week. Sure, there was a lot of expensive jewelry and tailored suits. But there was also plenty of good-natured ribbing, not to mention some wacky video clips of office hijinks. Who knew that university attorneys could dance the Macarena?
My favorite part of the ceremony came at the end, when the audience was treated to a PowerPoint presentation about how much money Mark Rotenberg had generated for the university. Yes, Rotenberg makes considerably more money than the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. But when you look at that salary in larger economic terms, you see just what a terrific investment he has been. Plus, as the audience was reminded, university attorneys could be making so much more money in the private sector. Yet they have chosen public service. (Pause here for cheers and applause.)