In my time at various higher education institutions, I observed that a great number of faculty members liked the idea of an asshole asskicker gaining power. The simple reason was that obviously there were people - other people of course - who needed to have their asses kicked. Of course the asskicker would not be kicking my ass, because my ass does not need to be kicked, but those other people, well, they deserve a good asskicking and who better to kick ass than a quality asskicker.
Needless to say it usually doesn't work out as planned. Put assholes in power and they're assholes to just about everyone.