One Year Anniversary of a Day That Changed My Life Forever

One would think, based on this title, I might supply the summary of my year as your president. And although May 21st, 2013, the day I took office, was exciting and full of promise, it was actually 17 days later, June 7th, when a man with a gun stepped on our campus and terrorized our community for less than 10 minutes. He started his rampage 75 yards outside my office, and 3 lives were lost and families will live with scars forever. As will our campus community. And I want to emphasize, that these scars tend to burn and hurt when it happens again at Santa Barbara, or elsewhere in this country. And although the scars hurt and burn occasionally, they keep us aware, cautious and thankful. Thankful that we can pick ourselves up, support our neighbors, friends and colleagues and continue our mission of educating and providing hope and promise to our country and our world, via education. Do not, I repeat, do not let this kind of fear and intimidation keep us from moving forward in our … [Read more...]

Thank You

So, this admission/yield season is drawing to a close and admission staff look forward to reaquainting themselves with their families. My time as a blogger in this space is also drawing nigh. As a result, I thought this might be an appropriate time to hand out some end of the year thank you's. To the admission counselors: You showed up at our schools at 8:00 am on Monday mornings, jet-lagged from a flight. Some of you newbies even took red eye flights. Adorable. You answered admission questions from our most modest scholars with the full knowledge that this was information that would never be applicable to that student. You know who I mean, right? It’s the student skipping pre-calc (a class in which they have a D) to show up for a visit from Duke to ask about the engineering program. It reminds me of a saying about missing the forest for the trees. And despite our best efforts from this side of the desk you were still peppered with questions like: Where is Boston College Located? Do … [Read more...]