This day represents a milestone as I write my first official post on this blog. I have weighed the merits and detriments of blogging for months. Our communications staff suggested the idea of having a President’s blog. The first source that I consulted was my class from the Harvard New Presidents seminar. Nearly half of my classmates responded and the majority weighed in against the blog. The primary reason cited was the difficulty of keeping the blog current. Some cited the difficulty of communicating as President through a blog versus the traditional lines of university communications. I googled Presidents’ blogs and found a list of more than 30 university presidents who are blogging. I also found books like Debbie Weil’s The Corporate Blogging Book, that discussed the pros and cons and the rules by which a corporate blogger should abide.
I opted to move forward with the blog because of the ability to open a forum for communicating. I have a few items that I plan to discuss on a semi-regular basis. Affordability of education is the topic that interests me the most. Social networking and the Internet, the need for higher education, higher education access, and higher education as a business are other topical areas ripe for discussion. From time to time, however, I may take the liberty to discuss golf, a pursuit of mine that has diminished in frequency over the past five years, or other less academic topics.
Feel free to drop me a line when a topic interests you. We may not agree all the time, but listening to another point of view is always enlightening. It is, in fact, what blogging should be all about.