I've always been consumed and focused on questions -- mainly, why? That led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, and a Master of Divinity degree with a focus on public policy and institutional structure. I'm a millennial, and higher education needs millennial engagement and leadership. Higher education can both shape the future and transform communities. At the end of the day, I'm going to keep asking questions, and enjoy the company of my family -- my spouse, Stacy, and two pups -- Barley and Socrates. Let's hone our craft, shall we?
I'm a husband, a father of four daughters, a historian by training, an academic administrator by vocation (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Barton College in Wilson, NC), and a trail runner for fun. I start more things than I finish. I am an enthusiast, and I distrust my enthusiasm. I wear bow ties.
We are entering a phase, I believe, where the megaschools model is due to be challenged by small, intentionally planted colleges. Many megaschools will continue to flourish because of their attractiveness or market position. But others will struggle because they lack attractiveness and market position. And so it may be time to look to school planting for a vigorous, traditional, and local alternative to megaschools.
What can school planters learn from church planters? Here are a few things:
What follows is a set of theses that outline the rationale for and shape of a movement on behalf of independent schools and the ecosystems--organizations, systems, and policies--that support them.
Why Lean Startup Colleges don't exist...and need to.
Communities need new and redesigned small colleges—schools that are small on purpose and with purpose.
Conventional wisdom says small colleges need to get bigger. This assumption treats small colleges as nothing more than big universities in embryo. It's remarkably naive about culture, quality, and human behavior.