Convocation and move-in day are the best day of the year at WashU.  Yes, commencement is wonderful, but nothing beats the sheer energy and promise of the arrival of the new first-year students. A great thing about being the provost is that it’s my job to introduce the faculty speaker at commencement.  This year, when […]

One of the most common questions I get from other faculty is: “Why is that university administrators are so focused on innovation and entrepreneurship?”  I’m going to attempt to explain that, and here’s a spoiler – it’s not so the university can make money.  Hopefully, that will be enough to entice folks to read this, […]

Over on my LinkedIn page, I did a series of posts about administrative searches.  This is a compilation of things I’ve learned doing these searches and being a candidate.  The idea behind posting all of this is that I see lots of people who fare differently in these searches based on whether they have access […]

Over on my LinkedIn page, I’m doing a series of posts about lessons I’ve learned over the years about searches for academic administrators.  The first two posts are here and here.  I’m sharing a lot of information.  Some might wonder why I would share so much ‘insider’ information.  Two reasons.  The first is that I’d […]

Today, the Post-Dispatch ran a short story by Koran Addo about the demographics of our incoming first-year class.  It’s always great to talk to Koran as he knows the people and the issues and is very interested in college access.  Some of his other stories are here and here.  Koran’s story hits the high points, but […]

This week, WashU will give an honorary degree to jazz great Herbie Hancock.  Gerald Early has a terrific book review of Hancock’s autobiography, ‘Possibilities’, over at the Common Reader.  Certainly, we’re all excited about recognizing Hancock’s contributions to music, and I can’t count how many times I’ve played ‘Maiden Voyage’ in my life, but it’s […]

As I said in my last post, I knew a movie about the Wrecking Crew was in the works, as I had learned that from Ken Weiss who used to teach with me at UNC and is part of the whole history of pop music and session musicians himself. The circle is now complete.  We […]


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