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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

We hear it all the time: The cultural and economic context into which our graduates enter is a global one. For many years, Wesleyan has energetically recruited students from across the United States because we believe that geographical diversity can be helpful in creating a campus in which students learn from peers with experiences, hopes,…

President’s Letter

In March I received a carefully thought-out proposal for a resource center that would support students who feel themselves to be at risk because of their own experience on campus or who feel marginalized by long-term trends in our country. This proposal was an outcome of campus discussions and protests affiliated with the Black Lives…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

When I arrived on campus in the fall of 1975, Wesleyan was well-known for its pioneering ways, its great research output from the sciences to the arts, its demanding and productive teachers, its creative, rambunctious students. But the giddy spending of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the inattention to fundraising, and a loss of…

AN APPETITE FOR RISK AND AMBIGUITY

Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, ’09, Wesleyan’s chair of the Board emeritus, has encouraged trustees to look far down the road, not just over the hood. JOSHUA BOGER ’73 often talks about a principle that infused the culture at Merck, where he began his career as a scientist. Company founder George Merck, speaking in 1950, said…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

As I write this in the first days of July, I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the extended Wesleyan family during the course of our THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign. When we started discussing a fundraising campaign in 2008, the financial world was teetering on collapse, and the economy in the next few…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Over the past year I and others in higher education have been asked countless times about “political correctness” and whether self-appointed “social justice warriors” on campuses are creating an atmosphere that makes it difficult for those who disagree to speak out. In the last month of 2015 alone, the Washington Post devoted eight articles to…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

As we prepared to honor Middletown military veterans at Wesleyan University’s first home football game, I sought out one of our engaged and thoughtful student vets. Bryan Stascavage ’18 had published an opinion piece in The Argus, the school newspaper, raising critical questions about the Black Lives Matter movement. The reaction to his provocative piece…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Early in my presidency, a Wesleyan faculty member described the difference between professors here and professors at an Ivy League institution with which he was familiar. “At Wes,” he said, “not only do we care about teaching; we talk about our classes with colleagues so that we can make them better.” After eight years in…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

This year my April Fools’ blog announced that Wesleyan was moving all of its classes online: “ALL MOOCS ALL THE TIME. No more need for classrooms.” I didn’t really expect to fool anyone for more than a moment, not even those perennially suspicious of my intentions (or authority generally), of which there are many!  Still,…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

My book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters has received a gratifying amount of interest since its publication last spring, and this semester I’ve been traveling around the country to talk to alumni and others about the issues it raises. In New York, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago those discussions have often…