publication date: Feb. 12, 2016

 

Slamming the Door

Part III: 18,000 Bosses

 

Between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, I watched MD Anderson from afar, and I didn’t think about CPRIT at all.

Friends who attended early meetings with Ronald DePinho soon after he became MD Anderson’s president said that he was literally grading presentations made to him by faculty members and administrators.

“This was a C-,” he would say.

It was difficult to get a B.

On the other hand, it was possible that he graded fairly.

Soon after he was named president, at a cocktail reception in Boston, an acquaintance asked him what it was like to run MD Anderson.

“It’s like this: I say, ‘Look to the left,’ and 18,000 people look to the left. I say ‘Look to the right,’ and 18,000 people look to the right.”

Around the same time, in October 2011, in a talk before the Board of Visitors, DePinho mentioned those 18,000 people in a strikingly different way.

He said his 88-year-old mother was proud she was that he would be the boss of 18,000 people.

“Well, I told her, not exactly—I will have 18,000 bosses,” he said. “My … Continue reading 42-06 Slamming the Door Part III: 18,000 Bosses

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