University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe is none too pleased about bad advice he received in his first months on the job. The worst advice from his ambitious minions in Columbia was to shut down the existing University of Missouri Press, the 54 year-old academic publishing arm of the state’s premiere public research institution. The scheme backfired with a massive onlilne protest, campus meetings and authors published by the UM Press pulling back their publishing righs, which can cut the income from residuals by hundreds of thousands of dollars. A former big-business CEO, Wolfe cut his losses and pulled the plug on the plan to shut down the press. In business, Wolfe was accustomed to delegating duties to highly competent underlings and relying on their advice and recommendations. In Wolfe’s world, triggering such a debacle means a pink slip. One insider at Mizzou says: “The implicit task is not to embarrass the boss by advancing bad ideas. Wolfe wound up with tank tracks on his back in the University Press situation, when as a CEO he was acting on what he believed was a well vetted and sound planning. It was a disaster, Wolfe wound up retreating, the academic community distrusts him more than ever and he gained nothing but scars.” The source goes on to say at least two top administrators making six-figure salaries have targets on their backs for hanging the boss out to dry.