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Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:17 pm

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bethlehempard wrote:
Rotberg was a total mystery. I met him a couple times. My first impression was, "How did this guy get through the first interview?"


With Rotberg, I think Lafayette was trying to figure out what it wanted to be instead of realizing and taking stock in what it already was. Rotberg was a Oberlin graduate. That should have told the BOE everything it needed to know.
    During the presidency of Rotberg, a historian specializing in African history, the curriculum was reformed and faculty teaching loads reduced.
https://president.lafayette.edu/presidents-of-lafayette/

In somebody's mind, the answer to the question, "what does Lafayette want to be?" apparently was, "more like Oberlin." Wrong question and even worse answer.

Fortunately we don't have to ask that question any longer. Instead, I think other institutions now look around and say they want to be "more like Lafayette." For all their faults (and there are many) I suppose we have Rothkopf and Weiss to to thank for that, at least in part.

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Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:56 pm

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Just to add to the above, we can thank Alison Byerly for a renewed focus on science and engineering, together with her recognition and support of the importance of maintaining athletic competition at the highest level.

Everything about President Byerly bespeaks how comfortable she is in her own skin. That, in turn, projects how Lafayette is comfortable in its own skin. President Byerly doesn't need to "be like" anybody else; ergo Lafayette doesn't need to "be like" anyplace else. The top-to-bottom amalgam of doing a lot of really difficult stuff really well, without compromise, makes Lafayette look like a place where truly exceptional people want to be.

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Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:44 am

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Bogus Megapardus wrote:

Everything about President Byerly bespeaks how comfortable she is in her own skin. That, in turn, projects how Lafayette is comfortable in its own skin. President Byerly doesn't need to "be like" anybody else; ergo Lafayette doesn't need to "be like" anyplace else. The top-to-bottom amalgam of doing a lot of really difficult stuff really well, without compromise, makes Lafayette look like a place where truly exceptional people want to be.


Excellent analysis! Nothing says pathetic more than trying to be like something/someone else.

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Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:22 am

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Leopard Loyalist wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:

Everything about President Byerly bespeaks how comfortable she is in her own skin. That, in turn, projects how Lafayette is comfortable in its own skin. President Byerly doesn't need to "be like" anybody else; ergo Lafayette doesn't need to "be like" anyplace else. The top-to-bottom amalgam of doing a lot of really difficult stuff really well, without compromise, makes Lafayette look like a place where truly exceptional people want to be.


Excellent analysis! Nothing says pathetic more than trying to be like something/someone else.


Agreed . . . with both of you.

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