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The On Being Project

Christopher Howard + Nancy Cantor

Beyond the Ivory Tower

When we talk about the relationship between colleges and the world, we tend to focus on economics. But what is the place of institutions of higher education in the communities they inhabit? How can and should they nurture students as citizens and leaders for the emerging 21st century world? Two visionary college presidents of two very different institutions take up these questions with Krista at the American Council on Education's 97th Annual Meeting.
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  • Nancy Cantor

    Nancy Cantor

    is a social psychologist and the chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, one of the most diverse institutions in the U.S. She is widely recognized for helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society that re-emphasizes their public mission. She is the former chancellor of Syracuse University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Christopher Howard

    Christopher Howard

    is the first African-American president of Hampden–Sydney College in Virginia, an historically white all male school in the South. He is one of the youngest college presidents in the U.S., a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a former Rhodes Scholar. In February 2016, he will become president of Robert Morris University.