In My Own Words
Thoughts on Education, Artistry, and Leadership

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Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
July 2009 Issue - Volume 2, Issue 2

There is a long time tradition at colleges and universities requiring student organizations to have an advisor who is a member of the faculty or administration.  The responsibilities of this person vary widely from institution to institution, and indeed from organization to organization.  Generally, the advisor’s job was to be aware of the activities of the organization, keep them from getting into trouble, and utter the occasional nugget of wisdom.

This arrangement may suffice for a simple, small campus organization, but complex groups such as activities boards, governing organizations, major community service groups, and men’s and women’s fraternities have greater advisory needs.

Remarks at the Highlander Leadership Awards
April 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM
The Stockdale Center at Monmouth College

Good evening.  Let’s congratulate all of our nominees, all of our fine student leaders, one more time.

We’re wrapping up an awards banquet which recognizes outstanding leadership.  But, I’ve gotta ask.  What is leadership? I can be so many things, and perhaps too tricky a question.  So let’s ask instead, what isn’t leadership?

Leadership is not telling a group of people how to get the job done.  Leadership is not holding a bunch of offices or titles.  Leadership is not having a long resume.  Leadership is not ego.  Leadership is not doing community service to feel good about yourself.  Leadership is not winning awards.  Leadership is not being the boss, the authority, the person in charge.

So, what is leadership, if it isn’t these things?

Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
March 2009 Issue - Volume 1, Issue 4

Well, I have to ask, “What are we doing with Greek Week?”

By many accounts, Greek Week 2009 was a great success.  Fine leaders and chapters were recognized with awards (see page 3), the banquet impressed faculty members, and donations of food and funds were given to the Jameson Center.

Why, then, have I had so many people in my office complaining about Greek Week?

Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
February 2009 Issue - Volume 1, Issue 3

As we saw last month, all of our women’s and men’s fraternities have elected new officers for 2009. The Panhellenic Council, governing the women’s fraternities, has new officers, too. The men’s governing body, the Interfraternity Council, will have elections on March 3.

So many fresh faces. So many great ideas.

Earlier this month, the Office of Greek Life, Involvement, and Service hosted a retreat for all these new officers and lead roundtable discussions about fraternal values, social event planning, new member education and recruitment, risk management, and philanthropy. I was pleasantly surprised with what students had to say.