Reflections on the Installation of Harvard’s 29th President

Published on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Last Friday, I went back to Harvard for the inauguration of Larry Bacow, the 29th president of Harvard University. Like delegates from around the nation representing their institution, I wanted to make sure that Elms College participated in this celebration of higher education. As the theme indicated, it was an occasion for Harvard to celebrate… read more

Listening in Solidarity

Published on Friday, September 28, 2018

On Wednesday, the college celebrated Opening Academic Convocation. We had the privilege of welcoming attorney Helena Bala, founder of the blog Craigslist Confessional, as our guest speaker. The following are excerpts from my remarks to students on the occasion: We gather at the beginning of each academic year, like many other institutions, as a community… read more

Zero Tolerance on Sexual Assault

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018

It is hard to escape the coverage of the nomination process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations of sexual assaults against him. As a college president, the immediate inference for me is that this episode reinforces the need for a clear and unambiguous message to our youth that, as a society, we… read more

Reflections on Title IX

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018

So much is happening on the national and regional scene that it is hard to keep track and — more importantly — to react in a thoughtful manner. Quick posts and tweets feel unsatisfying given the complexity of most of these topics. As a result, I am going to try to post periodic reflection pieces… read more

Reflection on the DACA decision

Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of young people whose academic future has been thrown in turmoil by the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind DACA today. I know their anxiety and their fear. I know it is personal. I know it is anything but academic. On August 28 2017, the American Council… read more