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Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Bloggers Answer the Call
University Business, May 2006

Back in February I wondered whether higher ed administrators had joined the growing ranks of bloggers. Well, the answer is a resounding yes. Here's a rundown of what you told us:

Cornerstone University (Mich.) President Rex Rogers writes about world events and politics at In an April post on the recent immigration demonstrations that swept the country, he wrote, "I am struck by the beauty of American citizens and 'illegals' marching together, asking for legal mechanisms to provide immigrants with a path to a better life. I salute them."

Towson University (Md.) President Robert Caret writes the student-focused "Bob's Blog" at The blog enjoys a very active comments section, affording Caret the opportunity to open a dialogue with readers who may have problems or criticisms.

"Berklee's Roger Brown blogged about the experience of freshman orienta"

Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity University (D.C.), uses her "President's Blog" to comment on current events and social issues at

Colorado College President Dick Celeste offers a glimpse into the thoughts of the former governor and ambassador in "Flow of Ideas" at

Berklee College of Music (Mass.) President Roger Brown shadowed jazz composition professor Bob Pilkington for a week to learn what it was like to be a professor at the college. He blogged the experience at In another blog, Brown attended orientation sessions to remember how it felt to be a college freshman at

Arizona State University President Michael Crow discusses quality and access, international education, and more in "The President's Post" at

Dwight Fischer, CIO at Plymouth State University (N.H.), writes about classroom technology, as well as the university's search for a new president, at

Jonathan Reece, director of Admissions at Lander University (S.C.), writes the "Life & Times of an LU Admissions Officer" for prospective students at "I hope these little, spread out blogs are helpful in seeing that admissions officers are people that make mistakes just like students," he writes. "We don't just sit at our desks and determine the fates of prospective students. We make mistakes too and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our relationships with students."

Kansas City College and Bible School (Kan.) President Gayle Woods shares his personal philosophy in "The Doc's Doc" at

Brendon Connelly, director of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions at George Fox University (Ore.), writes the often humorous "Slacker Manager: Paving the path of least resistance, so you don't trip and fall," at

Cedarville University (Ohio) President Bill Brown's blog at is notable for the large number of reader comments it receives.

Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University writes about MSU happenings in "From the President's Desk" at

Several presidents have also begun podcasting, including ASU's Crow, Towson's Caret, and Babson College's (Mass.) Brian Barefoot. University of Nebraska President James Milliken recently delivered his State of the University address exclusively as a podcast. Keep sending those links.

Write to Tim Goral at

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