We’re living in a world in perpetual crisis. Since stepping down as president of Tulane University in 2014, I have been talking and writing about crises in higher education as the new normal. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and suddenly the whole world was in disarray. Yet, I have always remained a stubborn optimist, for I believe in silver linings and the transformative power of leadership.
by Jeffrey J. Selingo | The Washington Post
I first met Scott Cowen in Houston a few days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, flooding much of the city. Cowen was president of Tulane University, which had just canceled the fall semester for its 12,000 students. The senior leadership of the New Orleans university was operating from a hotel suite some 350 miles from home, and I went there to write about how the 171-year-old institution with an $810 million endowment would rebuild.
Fascinating conversation with Amanda Cowen and Nicole Montgomery of @UVA on gender and leadership in my class this morning. Thankfully, perceptions of female leaders’ competence have changed, but gender bias continues to be a reality all of us—not just women—need to grapple with.