Leadership and Community in Tumultuous Times
Those of us who were college presidents on Sept. 11 understood that our larger society would be changed in significant ways. But even as we all feared an unknown future, including possible new terrorist attacks, we nevertheless sought to help our campuses both mourn the victims of that horrendous act and come together even more deliberately as a community. Simply put, we sought to enhance our connections with one another. Although we worried about our short-term financial health, I think that most of us were not concerned about the survival of our institution or of other colleges and universities.
Originally published: March 24, 2020
Author: Susan Resneck Pierce
Position: President Emerita
Institution: University of Puget Sound
Published by: Inside Higher Ed