Story posted December 13, 2010
Last week, I traveled to Memphis to participate in an education symposium at St. George’s Independent School on the occasion of the school’s 50th anniversary. St. George’s president, William Taylor, and his wife, Jennifer, are Bowdoin parents (their son, Wilson is a junior at the College). Bill asked me to join a group of other college presidents—including the presidents of the universities of Richmond, Mississippi, and Memphis, and Rhodes College—on a panel moderated by John McCardell, the former president of Middlebury who is now leading Sewanee: The University of the South. Our topic: “Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders.”
My remarks at St. George’s centered on the importance of global and international education as preparation for future citizens of this country. It is an important topic, so I thought I’d share the essence of what I had to say.