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Close or Fight for Another Day?

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:54:00 +0000

The sudden closure of Sweet Briar College despite its $85 million endowment challenges all of us in higher education with the emotional and complex issue of when a struggling college should close.

April Fool(s)proof Speech Builder

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000

A fool-proof guide to presidential speech-writing.

Presidential Decree to End Nasty Emails

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000

If my 23 years as a senior administrator in higher education has taught me anything, it’s this: to be a leader on a college campus ... is to be a magnet for nasty emails, angry letters, vitriolic blog posts and acerbic face-to-face interactions.

The Law School Enrollment Collapse: Are Liberal Arts Colleges Next?

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:54:00 +0000

The collapse in law school enrollments is a warning sign for liberal arts colleges.

Rebounding From a Major Disappointment

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:44:00 +0000


What happens when a college runs into a major disappointment? How do you discuss such matters in public?


When a President Needed to Recalibrate his Thinking

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:27:00 +0000

As a college president, having to step away from a project is not easy. 


Staying Focused on Students

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:12:00 +0000

Keeping our eyes focused on students as the center of the educational enterprise is worthy of our best team effort.

Time Capsule Revelation

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 +0000

A campus discovery:  A forgotten time capsule. What might it contain?

Managing Risk

Mon, 20 May 2013 13:19:00 +0000

Trying to get my head around “enterprise risk management.”

An Open Letter to My Daughter

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:07:00 +0000

Dear Angela: Thanks for having the courage to be a student at a college where your father is president.