"Garth Saloner, the dean of Stanford's graduate business school who resigned in September amid a lawsuit by a former professor, is relying on Edelman for crisis PR counsel ... Edelman has advised other universities ... including Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal ..." - Greg Hazley, Odwyerpr.com, October 7, 2015. Here is the article.
What could have been a simple employment lawsuit has spiraled into a high-profile matter, right up there with "Pao v. Kleiner." Actually, that shouldn't be surprising. Everything that goes on related to the tech industry in California can potentially become a big story. Saloner helped focus the graduate business school at Stanford on tech. That was one of his major accomplishments. Another is that Stanford is the number-one business school in the U.S. and ranked high globally.
But, despite that track record, the lawsuit, which alleges discrimination, casts a harsh light on Saloner and his leadership. Staff, for example, experienced his management style as oppressive. Some left on their own. Some felt forced out. Their beefs are being made public.
Then, there is the dumb move of his using email to communicate with his lover. She is the estranged wife of the plaintiff and a faculty member. In the emails there were not only candid exchanges. There were, reported The Wall Street Journal, sexually charged statements. Clearly, Saloner should have been sophisticated enough not to have used email for private discourse, especially with a lover.
In addition, the world now has a ringside seat to observe how an Ivy League institution operates. Heck, that is a major part of our interest in this litigation. If the plaintiff truly wants revenge on Saloner in the form of humiliation and on Stanford in terms of outing its quirks, he will not settle. He doesn't have to. He now is employed at Apple.