April 13, 2020

Randy Helm was President of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA from 2003 -2015, and Interim Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth from 2016-2017.  He is a founding principal of Torrey Helm, LLC.

  1. Never ever criticize your predecessor to anyone but your spouse, dog, or cat....

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...

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...

March 8, 2019

Some say there are no heroes any more.  Others might claim that there never were.  Agree or not, it’s clear that we live in an age where everything and everyone is fair game for re-evaluation.  In an earlier post (“The Yearbook of Living Dangerously,” 3/2/19) I reflect...

March 2, 2019

  • A Supreme Court nominee’s high school yearbook suggests alcohol abuse and mistreatment of women.

  • A newly elected Governor’s medical school yearbook features a photo of a man in blackface alongside another person in KKK robes. 

  • A Dean of Admissions appears...

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