The good news was I found another person there, fairly high-profile, who is also a Mac fan. I think he could be a valuable ally if I get this position, because I definitely intend to introduce Macs as much as possible to those who show the willingness to switch. Heck, with Virtual PC they could be using all their old apps while still enjoying the stability and usability of OS X 10.2 - and if others see how easy the Mac experience is, and how the computers "just work," they might start asking for Macs as well. It's just a dream, but it's more likely to work in education than anywhere else, no?
I think that my wife is going to enjoy the new G4 because it will be so much zippier than the G3 we have now. In the past she's really objected when I switched to OS X on the G3, and I can't blame her - it's dog-slow on this CPU, and the stability gains do not outweigh the frustration of waiting several seconds for Finder operations to complete or windows to resize. I'm a bit concerned by the barefeats speed test that showed no speed improvements for the new dual-proc DDR boxen over the old dual-GHz models, and I'm hoping that somehow their benchmarks were skewed. If they weren't, I guess I still got dual processors for under $2500, which was impossible before, and OS X 10.2 for no additional charge. *Sigh*