Fewer, better U of Minnesota faculty recruits?

MPR’s Tim Post reports that this year the University of Minnesota has hired just 60 professors — half the number recruited two years ago.

But university officials say they think the fierce competition in this tight job market has a payoff for the U:

“This is very much the top of the heap,” said Carney. “I think we’ve always been lucky that we get very good faculty. But right now the misfortune of other places is our fortune. We are able to recruit some stellar people who might have had other opportunities in other years.”