Today, the Wheeling Intelligencer finally ended its series on the thoughts of West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee
Exaggerations and highlights from four days and 2300 words
My understanding is that most universities have had to finish this semester online. While that task would present some difficulties, I searched and could not any other university leader who compared their planning to the 1944 D-Day operation or similar undertaking. (Even at universities that serve more students!)
Some additional highlights
On Tuesday, Gee discussed the role that WVU medicine has played in fighting the coronavirus within West Virginia. Here, Gee appears to be giving the university a great deal of the credit for the state's low coronavirus rates:
Gee said if West Virginia University had not had the opportunity to use all of the WVU Medicine facilities in a concentrated effort, the immediate and future impact of coronavirus in West Virginia would have been and will be more severe.
"Take a look at the evidence. The evidence is powerful," Gee said.
"The very fact that we have been much more successful as a state is a great example. I am absolutely convinced it made an enormous difference."
I'd love to take a look at the "powerful" evidence but none was provided and, I would guess, none was asked for by the interviewer.
No Gee interview or article is complete without "big picture" examples. Here he is Monday on the challenges facing the university:
"The challenges are immense and the opportunities likewise are immense," he said. "We are now leaning toward lessons learned and evaluation. I think it's very important for us to not let this moment pass without really determining what did we do right, what did we do wrong, and what we learned from the educational experience."
"I view this moment not as a disastrous challenge, but as a challenge of change," he said. "The way we have been doing things may have served us 50 years ago, it is not serving us now. We've got to totally rethink the nature of the educational enterprise and we've got to use this moment as the catalyst to do so."
And how will Gee do this? As usual, he doesn’t say. How about a committee to form a task force that will make recommendations for “thinking outside the box” to a select committee who will then report to Gee?