Because the only person I care about being our next school president is Bradley Whitford ’81, I haven’t really put any consideration into the Presidential Search Committee. However, Mad Weiss ’09 has and is more than willing to share.
HW: Why do you want to be on the Presidential Search Committee?
MW: There’s a lot of internal activism on campus, but most if it is reactive rather than proactive. That is, students think the administration has done something wrong, so they write an angry Wespeak about it, and that’s the end of the story. Sometimes they’ll start a petition or hold a forum, and hey, maybe a policy will get changed.
But here’s our opportunity to find someone who actually represents student interests in the first place. Here’s our chance to prevent so much student-administration tension in the first place: find a president who’s intuitive about student needs, intelligent, and has the right sort of attitude about where Wesleyan is going. And by the “right” attitude, I mean an attitude that the majority of Wesleyan students and alum would feel comfortable with.
So, students!! If you care about the future of Wesleyan enough to put in the effort, apply for the position! By this friday!
HW: How can they apply?
MW: According to an e-mail from Brittany Mitchell ’07:
If you are interested in nominating yourself for a position on the Presidential Search Committee, please send a statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 15, which addresses the following questions: Why are you interested in serving on this committee? What are qualities you believe are important in a Wesleyan President? What, in your opinion, are the best aspects of Wesleyan? What, in your opinion, are the worst aspects of Wesleyan? What, in your opinion, are the best attributes of Doug Bennet as a President of Wesleyan? What, in your opinion, are the worst attributes of Doug Bennet as a President of Wesleyan?
Additionally, please include your name, contact information, class year, time commitments for the 2006/07 academic year and a current resume. Please respond with no more than 800 words.
HW: If put on the committee, would you vote for Bradley Whitford?
MW: Totes obvi.