“I’m fine, I’m fine,” fired schools chancellor told the reporters gathered outside of her Park Ave. apartment yesterday, hours after the announcement of her departure from the post after just about 100 controversial days. “It’s been a privilege to serve the city of New York and the mayor for three months,” she said. “I have loved the principals, the teachers and the kids,” she added, officially. Later she added, “And I went out and bought a new pair of running shoes today, so I’m off.” And as quick as she came, she was gone.
But Black, who was an accomplished magazine executive before moving into the education sector, needs a new job now, leaving plenty of space for speculation. In his media column this morning, Keith Kelly writes that “two landing spots — both vacant — have been mentioned,” listing both the Time Inc. CEO job, recently vacated by Jack Griffin, and the NPR top spot, which Vivian Schiller left after a handful of scandals, topped off by the secret video sting perpetrated by James O’Keefe.
Schiller might have been able to weather the storm at NPR if not for the wavering of those around her, despite her initial unpopularity after the last scandal. Black, not exactly inspiring a rousing defense from her own latest cohort of coworkers, and practically walking around with a target on her head at this point, might not be the best next step for NPR, based solely on personal drama.