Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Call to Serve

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Call to Serve

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By now, I hope you've had the opportunity to peruse our commemorative 20th anniversary edition (June 17th). It was quite a task putting together a magazine of that size, but we did, so we hope you enjoyed our "labor of love" and going down memory lane with Black Issues In Higher Education.

But in this edition we return to the present. We have conducted interviews with two university presidents, one of whom is outgoing.

Black Issues recently sat down with Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, president of Southeastern University in Washington, D.C. In addition to her presidential role, many in the Washington metropolitan area know her as a former city councilwoman in the District of Columbia, a position she held for 21 years. Jarvis is also the daughter of noted blood bank pioneer and Howard University School of Medicine professor, Dr. Charles Drew.

The opportunity to interview Duke's outgoing president, Dr. Nannerl O. Keohane, was one I couldn't pass up. "Nan," as she is known, was the president of Wellesley College when I was a student there, In fact, we graduated together so to speak in 1993. I was graduating from college, and Nan "graduated" as well, leaving to become Duke's eighth president. Like most college presidencies, hers wasn't without some criticism, but overall students admired her accessibility and high profile on campus. We all knew who the president was, and we liked the fact that she had an office hour in which you could share your concerns and ideas or just say "Hi." A "Wellesley because . …

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