As a member of 'this long-suffering group,' I think you make a good point about talking to us. We've had a couple of town meetings with the governor, but that was before the latest round of scandals and very little about reorganization was discussed.
No one is talking about shutting down the parts of UMDNJ, just the superstructure. The best analogy I can think of is the Soviet Union. The component countries all still exist, they just don't have to worry about the Politburo anymore.
I doubt if you could find one faculty member at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School who disagrees that UMDNJ should be restructured, and that restructuring should include emancipation of RWJMS from UMDNJ. If they shut down UMDNJ central administration completely, that would have the added benefit of saving money and electricity and relieving traffic congestion and parking around University Hospital in Newark.
We have often suggested that health care organizations require and deserve more representative, transparent, accountable and ethical governance.
In particular, despite being staffed by hundreds of well-trained and accomplished faculty members, it is remarkable how often the governance of medical schools and academic medical centers is top-down, and often in the hands of people with little experience or background in health care. This appears to have been true in the case of UMDNJ.
One wonders if CEOs would stop being "imperial," and would start listening to the talented people who work for them on the front lines, how many problems they would avoid, and how much better their organizations would become at fulfilling their missions?