“What’s it like to be a University President?” with guest John Ettling


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Why? Radio host Jack Russell Weinstein has been a faculty member at the University of North Dakota for almost nineteen years, yet he can’t remember a single moment when the school has not been the subject of criticism or controversy. Now the university is getting another president, even though the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members cannot agree on what the school is supposed to be or do. As he explains it, “I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the voice of the university in the face of this disagreement. I can’t fathom how it feels to have every word and gesture represent your institution, and not your own life and work.” Yet, this is exactly what this episode is inspiring people to do, imagine what it’s like to be in charge. So, join Jack and his guest, John Ettling, the recently-retired President of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh for a discussion about university leadership in the modern age.

John Ettling received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and made his way up the university ranks, as a professor at the University of Houston, then as Dean and Provost at the University of North Dakota. He recently retired after fifteen years as President of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, a small public University in Northern, New York.


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