Class of 1987 Spring 2015 Letter

Spring 2015

Dear Members of the Class of 1987,

As I write this, I have just learned from a good colleague of mine – who serves as vice president for academic affairs at Sweet Briar College in Virginia – that they are planning to close their college at the end of this academic year. Sudden and sad news, indeed, for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of that fine institution. To me, it offered a salient reminder of the tenuous existence for some institutions of higher education, particularly those that lack clarity of mission and a focus on their distinctiveness.

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