You have great athletic directors, you let them run it; you keep yourself informed, but I’m not the athletic director. I’m the president of the university.
Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic. Be insistently curious.
I often have said that to be a college president, you need a thick skin, a good sense of humor, and nerves like sewer pipes.
I believe everything learned in college is an answer to a question that someone has posed. Questions get posed differently and the answers that come back transport us to places we never knew existed.
People look at me like I’m crazy when I say that our greatest partnership here at Ohio State should be with the community colleges.
I think we can be competitive on and off the field and create a model where our athletes are scholars and learners, too.
I believe that it is higher education’s purpose and calling to keep open the door to the American dream.
Intellectual curiosity drove Einstein to some of the world’s most important discoveries.
To be sure, American higher education is a diverse ecosystem, comprising institutions of all sizes, price tags, and mission statements.
I joke that being a university president is akin to being a pinata. But there are also notions of redemption.