Note from Randy Helm:  I believe that the true character of individuals and institutions is best revealed by how they respond in times of crisis.  This recent letter to the Colby College community from Colby's President David Greene, seems like a powerful illustration...

It was fun for me to walk down memory lane and look at the things that I jotted down--and sometimes talked publicly about--as I was leaving the Denison presidency.  It's been helpful to dust some of them off as I carry on in the interim president role at Southwestern.

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This is the first in a series of blogposts by seasoned college and university presidents sharing their best advice for new presidents and chancellors. 

  • Stay student focused.  Everything we do should be about the experience the student is receiving.  If we are making...

I was president of a small residential liberal arts college during a period which saw the SARS outbreak, the Swine Flu epidemic, the financial meltdown of 2008-2010, the active shooter anxieties that followed the Virginia Tech massacre, a minor earthquake, and several...

Searching for a great Chief Advancement Officer? Maybe you already have one, but need a Chief Operating Officer for Advancement. Or maybe it’s vice versa.  It’s a rare person who can handle both jobs at once.

So what do you need?  A fundraiser or a manager?  That’s...

This has been a tough summer for college and university presidents.  An unusual number (perhaps half a dozen) have had their sudden departures announced after relatively short tenures in office (2-4 years).  The announcements have been carefully phrased to put a positi...

June 26, 2019

Assuming your institution is on the typical July 1 to June 30 fiscal year, you have two business days left before the books are closed on FY’19.  What should you be doing RIGHT NOW?

If you’re the VP for Advancement, you should have date-to-date comparisons for the num...

June 12, 2019

I know, I know. We live in an age of political gridlock, partisan polarization, diminished expectations, and cynicism about once respected institutions.  But what if?  What if, as a country, we gave ourselves a good talking to and resolved to do better? How could highe...

“A University President is someone who walks around campus with a worried look on the vice presidents’ faces.”

That’s one of my favorite quotes from a university president. He was joking, I think, but didn’t Sigmund Freud give legs to the expression, “There’s a grain of...

March 28, 2019

Are we so distracted by the salacious details of the recent admissions scandals that we are overlooking the institutional failures that allowed them to happen?

The scandal’s toxic brew of tabloid ingredients (celebrities, money, fraud, athletics) has stirred up public d...

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