One of the tricky issues in running an institute is the balance between the external (fundraising, friendraising, global issues are examples) and the internal demands of the job (chairing meetings, mentoring, conflict resolution and budget just to name a few). Neither can be neglected. The trick is to balance the two to keep an institute on an even keel.
Here at Krasnow, we have a culture of a “light management touch” which suits that external-internal balancing act well. The main role of administration at this Institute is to facilitate science, not to control it. If facilitation comes from external fundraising, so be it. It that catalyst function comes from internal cheerleading, then that’s fine too.