Reflections on Congressman Lewis

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020

On Saturday, July 18, I woke up to the news of the passing of Civil Rights Icon, the Honorable Congressman John Lewis. Over the course of the morning, I would… read more

2018-2019 Academic Year Highlights

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The 2018-2019 academic year has been a busy, exciting, and rewarding one here at Elms College. As commencement approaches, I would like to review some highlights from this past year…. read more

On Transparency in Education and in Government

Published on Friday, March 29, 2019

So much is happening in and around higher education these days that it is difficult to pick one topic on which to reflect. Should we address the scandal of wealthy… read more

Innovation in Western Massachusetts Urban Schools

Published on Friday, March 15, 2019

Thursday morning, I joined Christine Ortiz, MIT professor of engineering and founder of Station1, and Angie Kamath, university dean of continuing education and workforce development at the City University of… read more

Higher Education and the Western Massachusetts Economy

Published on Friday, February 22, 2019

Elms Trustee and President of Springfield Economic Development Council Rick Sullivan‏ had a great piece in the Republican last Friday about the tremendous contribution of higher education institutions to the… read more

Black Issues Summit 2019 Remarks

Published on Saturday, February 16, 2019

On Friday afternoon, the Elms community welcomed four esteemed speakers to campus for the second annual Black Issues Summit. A Black Issues Summit at Elms College is important because (1)… read more

2nd Annual Black Issues Summit

Published on Friday, February 8, 2019

I am very excited about next Friday’s second edition of the Black Issues Summit at Elms College. There are two main reasons for my excitement. First, with the increasing importance… read more

Spring (Semester) Warmth

Published on Friday, February 1, 2019

Despite the record frigid weather, I have a particularly warm feeling about the beginning of the spring semester. Before the semester began, I had the opportunity to be out in… read more

Voting: Foundation of Democracy

Published on Friday, November 2, 2018

On Monday, October 29, Elms College’s Campus Ministry, Social Work Department, and Office of Student Engagement and Leadership held an educational forum on this year’s midterm election ballot questions. On… read more

90 Years of Changing the World

Published on Monday, October 22, 2018

This weekend we marked the 90th anniversary of Elms College, and we celebrated the college’s future as well. We are all aware that colleges — especially small colleges — face… read more