Presidential Perspectives

The presidents of our member institutions frequently contribute to the national higher education dialogue.

"From the social experience to the academic experience and everything in between, the students today are looking for something that fits their particular needs at this particular moment in time in their lives."

Juniata College president James Troha, PhD, as quoted in the Chronicle.

"Our mission is to create a varied and challenging educational experience...that will contribute to our graduates' success."

Bryn Mawr College president Kimberly Cassidy, PhD, for the Huffington Post.

"Today's college graduates...are going to engage with people from all different cultures and backgrounds, far more so than the graduates from fifty years ago."

Muhlenberg College president John Williams, JD, for the Hechinger Report.

"Residential liberal arts colleges prepare students not only for professional success, but also for lives of civic impact."

Gettysburg College president Janet Riggs, PhD, for the Miami Herald.

"When we resolve to provide educators and administrators with the resources they need to educate the whole person...we will be making the highest and best investment in our shared national and global future."

Swarthmore College president Valerie Smith, PhD, for the Hechinger Report.

"Everyone wins when tomorrow's global leaders spend their formative years...building bridges, together."

Franklin & Marshall College president Daniel Porterfield, PhD, for Forbes.


"A liberal-arts education, in which students are trained to ask questions, to understand complex issues from many perspectives, and to work both independently and in groups, is still needed — now more than ever before."

Dickinson College president Margee Ensign, PhD, for the Chroncle.

"The liberal arts may indeed be risky business, but these are risks we must afford to take."

Ursinus College president Brock Blomberg, PhD, for the Huffington Post.

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