Staff Editorial: The Next USF President

We at the Foghorn have decided to contribute our thoughts and hopes on the next USF president. In an effort to keep the opinions diverse, we have chosen a few that maintained the general themes that were found throughout all the submissions:

“I hope the new president of USF is someone who listens to students: their ideas, concerns and feedback. I hope the new president is supportive of all students, specifically the student organizations on campus that do so much work for the USF community– not only by hosting events and providing entertainment, but as representing the voice of the student body.”
Madeline Vanden Branden, Editor-in-Chief

“I hope the next USF President runs the university like a university, and not like a business. I find that the Jesuit mission of supporting those in need translates to, in the educational sense, supporting scholarships and finding ways to keep welcoming a diverse student population to campus every year. I would love to see a President whose mission it is to create equal opportunity on campus. Lastly, for the sake of campus media and the community it serves, I hope the search committee finds a candidate who values and encourages transparency at our institution.” — Tanya Dzekon, Managing Editor

“I want the next president to be friendly, approachable, and enthusiastic about their profession. Their religious beliefs do not matter to me as much as their overall character and kindness as a human being. It would be great if they regularly interacted with students and listened to what we have to say about the school. I definitely hope that USF’s next president is committed to creating great experiences and opportunities for both students and faculty, and I also hope that they are dedicated to increasing awareness about USF and sculpting its image as an excellent school. I think we have made a lot of progress in those respects in recent years, so I would love to see that continue.” — Hayden Gehr, Deputy Sports Editor

“I hope the new president is personable and tries to get to know the community he serves. I hope the new president is attentive to student and faculty concerns, and open to improvement. I also hope the new president can uphold the expectation of “creating a financial model for the future that clearly places the academic enterprise at the core,” so that future Dons can afford a quality education.” — Mia Orantia, Scene Editor 

“I hope the new USF president will have a strong presence in student events on-campus, especially within the performing arts. Right now, there’s a big focus on the sciences at USF, and it would be great to see a focus on other departments at USF that might need attention and support. In my opinion, more departments should receive the level of resources afforded to the sciences. Additionally, financial aid and scholarship funds should remain a focus for the next USF President so that everyone who wants a USF education has a fair shot regardless of socioeconomic background.” — Matt Miller, Online/Rich Media Editor

“I want to see a president who makes an effort to be a personable, approachable figure on campus. We need a leader who helps to unite the students, someone who can walk around campus and wave hello to students, can greet some of us by name. Someone any student can feel comfortable discussing their ideas and concerns with. Beyond just personal traits,  I would like to see someone who, Jesuit or lay person, takes Pope Francis’s lead on modernizing the Catholic public opinions on social issues. I think that under the right leadership, USF can continue and further its position as a role model for progressive, accepting Jesuit education.”  — Heidi Patton, Sports Editor 

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