Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sciences Po: Regime Change
Geneviève Fioraso, the minister for higher education, has stepped into the Sciences Po succession controversy. Following the selection of Hervé Crès to succeed the late Richard Descoings, many faculty members associated with the institution protested the choice, and the Cour des Comptes issued a devastating report on the management of finances, calling for possible prosecution. Fioraso therefore suspended the nomination of Crès and has called for the appointment of a person "beyond reproach" as interim director. This is the culmination of a long series of critiques of the manner in which Sciences Po has been run. It appears that the time for a change of regime has come.