Deep appreciation for the liberal arts, the teacher-scholar tradition, and the student experience, with scholarly achievement and intellectual engagement that aligns with the college’s mission.
Help us understand how your background informs your views of liberal arts education and give some specific ideas of how you believe the practice of liberal arts education at Macalester might evolve in the coming years that both reflect our mission and the ongoing pressures in education? Put simply, how do you think liberal arts schools generally and Macalester specifically will stay relevant over the next ten to twenty years?
Strong financial and operational acumen, with the ability to manage and allocate resources in support of an institution’s values and strategic goals.
All institutions of higher education face challenging times. Revenue streams are increasingly tight; student and parental expectations are high; and the faculty, staff and students have reasonable requests that often outstrip resources. Tell us about a difficult decision you had to make regarding allocating resources among competing strategic priorities of your institution. We would like to hear how you considered the tradeoffs and long-term implications of your decision. How did you communicate the decision?
Fostering a diverse and engaged community, based on the values of equity and inclusion.
At our last college-wide faculty meeting, the president of the student government addressed the faculty and talked briefly about the experience many non-white and lower-income students often have of feeling that they do not have a place in the Macalester classroom. Though there was not enough time for elaboration, many faculty members wished to understand this issue better. What might you say to help faculty to understand the nature of this problem in liberal arts colleges? Please describe an initiative you have undertaken to address these concerns.
Communicative, collaborative, and transparent organizational leadership including: recruiting, retaining, and developing strong, complementary leaders.
A desire for greater transparency from leaders is something that is frequently heard from the campus community. Tell us about a time when you publicly admitted a mistake or failure and the degree to which you were transparent in that disclosure. Is there anything in hindsight that you would have done differently?
Understanding of, and support for, shared governance.
Shared governance involves reflecting the input of different constituencies into the decision-making process of the College in different ways. What are some specific instances where you have seen shared governance in action? How are input and accountability best balanced in the the shared governance framework?
Ability to connect with a diverse network of constituencies—faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, parents, foundations—through inspiring communication and storytelling skills.
Critical to Macalester’s continued success will be its ability to attract financial support from alumni, parents, foundations and beyond. Accordingly, fundraising is a priority for the next President. Please describe your experience with fundraising, specifically your approach to cultivating donors in the community, among alumni, parents or other sources.