Like many others, I have devoted the majority of my working life to Penn State and have a vested interest in its future.
Due to unprecedented events, the selection of the new Penn State president will have implications that extend beyond the usual hiring of a college president. The type of person chosen by the search committee will send a message that will reflect the values and priorities of the university.
The stakes are high because, more than anyone else, the new president will have the opportunity to move Penn State forward beyond the struggles of the past two years into a brighter future.
So what type of person should Penn State select as its next president?
While teaching one of my art classes composed of mostly Penn State juniors and seniors last spring, I asked the students what qualities they would like the new president to have.
Here are some of their suggestions and comments:
The students are the reason Penn State exists.
I thought it made sense to ask for their opinions given the amount of time and money they are investing in their college education.
The students’ comments are worth considering as the search committee deliberates on who will be selected as the next president of Penn State.
Christopher Parks Staley is a distinguished professor of art in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State. Readers may write to him at email@example.com.