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Weekly Wisdom 2/7/22 - Michael Rao

Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Michael Rao, President of Virginia Commonwealth University. He talks about VCU joining the UIA, positivity among like-minded leaders, the benefits of shared experience and data, and the importance of maintaining an affirmative, human tone. Topics include:


  • The broader mission of higher ed institutions and their leaders

  • Previous experience with and future hopes for collaboration between presidents

  • His strategy for minimizing partisan politics on the university board

  • How he plans to announce VCU's new membership in the UIA

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