If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
A good sturdy sneaker. First of all, I’ve had multiple foot surgeries so I need that, plus they are good for getting into and out of boats.
Would you rather be trapped in an elevator with Bill Gates or Bono?
I would much rather be trapped in an elevator with Bill Gates. He has, with his wife
Melinda, an avowed interest in higher education, with an emphasis on first generation,
underserved, and high-need students. We have many such students who do very well at
Rosemont. I would hope that we were stuck long enough to allow me to convince Mr.
Gates that he should support Rosemont College. And remember, a statement in favor
of your cause that is precise and concise is called an “elevator speech!"
Would you rather visit Paris, France or Sydney, Australia?
Paris is a favorite city and has some of my favorite libraries to do research.
Would you rather have two tickets to the Super Bowl or two tickets to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?
White House dinner, no question.
Would you rather see Rosemont build a swimming pool or a parking garage?
I’m too aware of all of the costs and liabilities of having a pool not to choose the parking garage, which we may actually need sooner rather than later.
Campus Involvement: Everything from setting academic standards, cheering on the Ravens, and getting to know students and their families to raising money, making historic and monumental decisions, and giving a lecture on art for the Forum (Rosemont's non-credit program).
Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?
- Being with Rosemont students, families, and alumni.
- Seeing our successes at Rosemont, thanks to everyone’s dedication and very hard work.
- Being at my favorite lake, swimming and boating .
- Doing just about anything if it is done with my son. This includes laying hardwood
What goal are you currently trying to achieve?
Right now, of course, I am working on all six goals of our current Strategic Plan.
A pressing goal within that is raising funds for Phase two of our Community Center:
a three-story “wrap-around” expansion of the current Cardinal Hall that will provide
us with a true Student Center.
Who or what inspires you?
The Rosemont College community inspires me. Everyone on this campus encompasses the
mission of the college.
Where is the furthest place you have traveled?
I have traveled to most of Europe, and I think that this would be the furthest.
Favorite college memory? (from what college?)
My favorite undergraduate memory from Rosemont is cumulative, over three years, as
director of the class play. Each year we produced a full musical comedy, reduced to
twenty minutes—not easy, but so much fun. All the practices, costume designs, and
choreography, went on forever, sometimes serious, but often ending in hysterical laughter.
What advice would you give to your college self?
Pay more attention to the Mission and its relationship to the Sisters of the Holy
What does the Rosemont Mission mean to you?
I have written before (in Rosemont magazine) that my two favorite words in our mission statement are “joy” and “open.” When we say we want “excellence and joy” in the pursuit of knowledge, we are linking quality with attitude. Lots of institutions say they want to be something superlative: “excellence” is a common term. But Rosemont claims that we want excellence AND joy. That speaks to our culture, our attitudes, and our values. And in terms of “open,” our mission statement says that we want “open and critical minds.” To my mind, this is an important qualification: you can have a critical mind that is nonetheless narrow and not open. We want both.