Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution'

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 1st, 2014

When Edward B. Burger was named president of Southwestern University, a small, private nonprofit liberal-arts institution outside Austin, last year, it struck many as an unconventional choice. The path from professor to president almost always involves a few more steps along the way. But Mr. Burger, who is 50, had never aspired to be a provost, let alone a president, at least until Southwestern came calling.
What Mr. Burger was known for was his teaching. He had racked up numerous awards in more than two decades of teaching mathematics, at Williams College and developed thousands of instructional videos. Here, in a conversation with Katherine Mangan, he reflects on his first year as chief.

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