7 higher ed thought leaders to follow
Why: Born in India, Khator has led the university since 2008 and is known for having more Twitter followers than other college presidents who use the platform. In addition to posting about sports and other campus happenings, she offers updates and thoughts on legislation.
How: @UHpres on Twitter, with 90,286 followers
Why: From calling the modern State of the Union address a “tasteless, classless spectacle” (in a newspaper column) to lambasting the student concierge services trend on campus (in an open letter to the “People of Purdue”), Daniels speaks his mind.
Why: Crow believes in higher ed’s ability to serve first-generation students and evolve through five waves of change to be scalable, adaptive and innovative.
Why: A believer in public universities, Cabrera is expanding Mason’s instructional and research capacity. He’s also a proponent of diversity, and his letter to the Mason community after the 2016 presidential election—as a reminder to students that they all belong at Mason, regardless of background and identity—is still at the top of one of his office’s webpages.
Why: Ono aims to demystify the role of the college president and to ensure that everyone feels comfortable talking with him. He uses social media to show he’s accessible. He has spread awareness on mental health by opening up on social media about his own struggles as a student battling depression.
Why: At York since becoming a dean there in 2002, Lenton has been president since 2017. She’s a champion of community engagement and innovative partnerships.
Why: An expert engineer, Fenves has spurred innovation in higher ed by advancing interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the evolution of student learning through the integration of teaching and research. Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of his vision. In 2015, his administration successfully defended UT Austin’s admissions practices before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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