When Empty Rhetoric Isn’t


Dear Willard Faculty,

I recently received an anonymous note that accused me of employing “empty rhetoric” in explaining matters essential to the governance of this institution (the specifics don’t matter) that I love with my whole heart. Over dinner that night, Cheryl Tina Faye and I pored over the note and we really couldn’t make sense of it. We agreed that I’ve spent my entire Willard career communicating to staff, administrators, students, and faculty, the full and colorful reality of this institution. We have built and rebuilt a web of best practices that fulfill multiple, and often overlapping, exigencies and initiatives.

I look forward to hearing from more of you in the coming weeks and months. I’m listening and watching!


President Henry Cotton


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