GWU President: Less Drama Than Up North

Looks as though the GWU President is on his way out, as announced yesterday. As a master’s graduate of GW, I wasn’t nearly as involved in campus/student life, as I was at my undergraduate university. Maybe it’s because I didn’t live on campus at GW, or because our program required us to work full time in our field so having a ton of social time to invest in the university life wasn’t really an option.

I came from a university that had heaps of drama with its administration, a lot financial (eh em) “concerns,” and constant and loud uproar from students against the university president and the way he ran the school. So although I didn’t personally know Trachtenberg, I know that what I heard from professors and the dean of my graduate program was very positive – and that was a welcome change. The dean of my graduate program at GW was fighting for our program to be moved under a different college within the university a few years ago and had nothing but good things to say about the administration.

Maybe others that had a full university career at GW could speak differently, but it seems like the general consensus is that Trachtenberg will be missed.

1 Comment so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 2:35 am

    Wow, the end of an era. I have a love/hate thing for old Joel. I went to GW during the first half of Trachtenberg’s reign and the guy was definitely a strong presence on campus. He really made GW a place to be proud of.

    That is until the late 90’s when he dropped undergrad admissions standards to inflate attendance to pay for all that acquired real estate. But hey, nobody’s perfect right?

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