Inside Higher Ed
September 1st, 2015
Since 2007, there have been too many of them to name individually.
Day after day and year after year, I have listened to the narrative of
their lives and heard the stress in their voices. I have seen the
promise of dreams in their eyes and witnessed the cruelty of compromise
in their actions. They are bright and they are hardworking. However,
economically, they are poor. They are also my students.
I did not plan on becoming a college president. I did not grow up
dreaming of a life filled with faculty senates, football and bow ties. I
owe my current position as the president of Paul Quinn College less to
design than to the confluence of a series of seemingly random events,
not the least of which was the fact that I saw potential in a role few
others found desirable.