2018-2019 Academic Year Highlights

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The 2018-2019 academic year has been a busy, exciting, and rewarding one here at Elms College. As commencement approaches, I would like to review some highlights from this past year. I am thankful for the hard work of our faculty and staff, who strive to provide the best Elms experience to our diversity of students,… read more

On Transparency in Education and in Government

Published on Friday, March 29, 2019

So much is happening in and around higher education these days that it is difficult to pick one topic on which to reflect. Should we address the scandal of wealthy parents buying access for their children at highly selective institutions? Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the access problem that will be created… read more

Innovation in Western Massachusetts Urban Schools

Published on Friday, March 15, 2019

Thursday morning, I joined Christine Ortiz, MIT professor of engineering and founder of Station1, and Angie Kamath, university dean of continuing education and workforce development at the City University of New York, in a conversation hosted by the Siegel Family Endowment at their beautiful SoHo location in NYC. The theme of the conversation was “The… read more

Higher Education and the Western Massachusetts Economy

Published on Friday, February 22, 2019

Elms Trustee and President of Springfield Economic Development Council Rick Sullivan‏ had a great piece in the Republican last Friday about the tremendous contribution of higher education institutions to the economy of the region. The following are a couple of quotes from the article. I strongly encourage you to read it in its entirety. “Western… read more

Black Issues Summit 2019 Remarks

Published on Saturday, February 16, 2019

On Friday afternoon, the Elms community welcomed four esteemed speakers to campus for the second annual Black Issues Summit. A Black Issues Summit at Elms College is important because (1) it fits with our mission and tradition, (2) because it is needed today more than ever, and (3) because of the rich academic opportunities that… read more

2nd Annual Black Issues Summit

Published on Friday, February 8, 2019

I am very excited about next Friday’s second edition of the Black Issues Summit at Elms College. There are two main reasons for my excitement. First, with the increasing importance of African American and African Diaspora Studies, this is Elms College’s annual contribution to the conversation in Western Massachusetts about the most current research, thinking,… read more

Spring (Semester) Warmth

Published on Friday, February 1, 2019

Despite the record frigid weather, I have a particularly warm feeling about the beginning of the spring semester. Before the semester began, I had the opportunity to be out in the greater Springfield community, talking about higher education in Massachusetts and Elms College’s unique role in it. On Monday, Jan. 14, Holyoke Community College’s President… read more

Voting: Foundation of Democracy

Published on Friday, November 2, 2018

On Monday, October 29, Elms College’s Campus Ministry, Social Work Department, and Office of Student Engagement and Leadership held an educational forum on this year’s midterm election ballot questions. On Thursday, October 18, the School of Nursing in collaboration with BayState Hospital invited the Western Massachusetts community to participate in a forum on one specific… read more

90 Years of Changing the World

Published on Monday, October 22, 2018

This weekend we marked the 90th anniversary of Elms College, and we celebrated the college’s future as well. We are all aware that colleges — especially small colleges — face increasing challenges in today’s world. It is with full awareness of these perils that we reaffirm the promise of the College of Our Lady of… read more

Admission Open House

Published on Monday, October 15, 2018

We had a wonderful day on campus Saturday as we held an admission open house and welcomed alumni back to their alma mater! I had a great time with the Class of 1968 as they obtained their Golden Blazer scarves. Here is an excerpt of my remarks to them for the occasion: 1968 was a… read more