June 16, 2018

written in June, 2014

Pick Your Poison

When it comes to colleges, you can find a rating system to tell you pretty much whatever you want to hear. Take, for example, Muhlenberg College where I serve as President. Kiplinger’s has consistently rated it one of the “best valu...

June 16, 2018

Gone are the days (if indeed they ever existed) when a tweed-suited and almost invariably male College president could spend his days strolling the groves of academe, chatting amiably with students and professors, puffing a pipe behind a large mahogany desk, and drowsi...

June 16, 2018

Originally written in September, 2006

We ignore complexity at our peril.  Cut corners in the manufacture of O-rings and you have the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster; underestimate the expertise required to mount a major disaster relief effort, and you have post-K...

June 16, 2018

Originally published, Winter 2011

I was nine years old when I first heard about Hell – from my neighbor and playmate Johnny Lumpkin who told me I was going there because I wasn’t a Baptist.  It didn’t trouble me too much. First, the Lumpkins (and therefore, I assumed, a...

June 16, 2018

Originally written in November, 2006

I was born into a family of talkers.  Dinnertime in the Helm household was a daily celebration of story telling, teasing, pranks, bickering, and outright debates on every imaginable topic.  Visitors to our family dinners probably won...

June 16, 2018

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April, 2014

For those hoping the Democrats and Republicans will reach consensus more often, be careful what you wish for!  The policies of the (George W.) Bush and Obama administrations regarding higher education, for example, have been virtually in...

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