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Wanted: A forthcoming leader with an open door

After three years at VSU’s helm, President William McKinney is throwing in the towel, and in the fall, the campus will have a new leader. Transfers in power always elicit nervous anticipation from those under that power. Who will be this new captain, and will he or she be better than the last? Will this person be able to fix existing problems within our campus community?

While The Spectator can’t answer those questions, we do know what characteristics we want to see in our new president, whoever he or she may be.

First, we want our next leader to value transparency, not only in word but in action as well. While Dr. McKinney says transparency is a hallmark of his administration, too many cloak-and-dagger scenarios during his time point to the opposite, such as the sudden and unexplained firing of staff and restructuring of certain departments. Basically, we want the administration to live in a glass house, with all their processes exposed for all to see, and that starts with our next president.

Consequently, the new president should be able to admit when the administration has made a mistake. Too often students are confused or completely unaware of problematic situations on campus because of the constant positive spin VSU puts on these situations. While the administration is tasked with maintaining a good image for VSU, it is also responsible for being honest with students regarding VSU’s shortcomings. A new president who puts aside politics and speaks truthfully would be quite refreshing.

We also want the new guy or gal to be accessible and involved, a person who will walk through the halls just to mingle with students, as Dr. Patrick Schloss did when he led VSU. Although a VSU president only has so many flexible hours in a day, the new one should make time to attend campus events and brush shoulders with the community he or she leads. Doing so will strengthen the bond between the administration and the rest of VSU and will allow students to speak freely to the president about their needs and desires.

Lastly, we want the new president to arrive armed with a strong vision and an unshakeable resolve to see that vision through to completion. We need our next commander-in-chief to maintain VSU’s strength and work to eliminate its weaknesses. It all starts with vision, and we hope our next president has a perfect 20/20.

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