Volume 133 Nº 81 Thursday, February 7th, 2002
U. hopes for ideal leader
By Chris Lang, Staff
Since University President
Francis L. Lawrence resigned last week, Rutgers-New
Brunwsick students have begun discussing what values and priorities their
replacement should embody.
"I hope the [new president] reaffirms the idea of a student-centered
center," said Vice President of Rutgers College Governing Association
addressing RCGA's vision to turn the University back into a research-based
institution. Kleiman, a junior at Rutgers College, added that the new
have a very broad and far-reaching vision for the future of Rutgers.
Academics remained a key issue for other student leaders as well.
"I would like for the new president to make Rutgers a first choice
students when they are applying for college, rather then it being 'Oh
I didn't get into
NYU, I guess I'll go to Rutgers,'" said Undergraduate Student Representative
Board of Trustees Kim Wozniak, a Rutgers College junior. She added that
like to have students at Rutgers be proud to attend the University.
"Lawrence wasn't an academic heavyweight," said Rutgers College
Fechter, chairman of the Rutgers University Lobbying Association, "and
someone that is going to be that
Student leaders also commented on how the University's new president should
handle obstacles confronting the University.
Livingston College Governing Association President Adrianna Cassiere,
said she would want a new president to be "someone who is going to
come in with
new ideas and is going to look [into] making some changes."
If there are going to be more budget cuts, said President of the Douglass
Government Association Alyssa Robertson, "I would like to see student
the last to be cut [by the new president]." Robertson, a senior,
"education and activities should be our first priority."
I think we need someone who is willing to be around the campus
events, even at Camden and Newark," Robertson said. She added that
like for the new president to have more of a presence on campus.
Cassiere said she hoped the president would be more student-aware and
the students are going to feel" she said. "A lot of time and
energy should be
concentrated on that."
The next president of the university has got to have a clear vision that's
innovative and imaginative," Fechter said.
Fetcher prioritized communications skills. "Lawrence had his strategic
plan, but did
anyone believe in it? No. Lawrence had no communication skills. Former
University President Woodrow Wilson could be a possible model to follow
selecting a new president." Fechter added, "[Wilson] could articulate
compelling vision for Princeton.
He was already an academic giant
by the time he