This winter, the curious case of the missing executive director for the Buffett Institute for Global Studies may finally be solved. But I’m not sure if I’ll like the solution waiting at its end. On Dec. 5, the Office of the Provost sent out an announcement regarding the University’s efforts to, once again, find a leader for the Buffett Institute. This month, they released a list of those participating in the search committee. Of the 11 names, one stood out — Patrick Eccles.