Wright begins tenure

by Alex Shartsis | 8/5/98 5:00am

Although President-elect James Wright will have to wait until his new office in Parkhurst Hall has been repainted and rewired to move in, he is already balancing a hectic presidential schedule.

Since he took office, the President-elect has met with senior administrators, including Acting College Vice President/ Treasurer Win Johnson, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Karl Furstenberg, Assistant Dean of the Faculty Sheila Culbert, College Council Cary Clark and architect engaging in the College's master plan Lo-yi Chan.

Wright said he attended a Dean of Faculty meeting yesterday afternoon, and he and his wife, Susan, spent time at Summer Carnival on Saturday, his first day of presidential duties.

On Monday, Wright had lunch with Student Assembly President Josh Green '00 and Coed Fraternity and Sorority Council summer President Jaimie Paul '00 to "make sure he was in touch with important student leadership," Culbert said.

Assistant to the President Andrea Williams said Wright was "eager" to meet with students, because "his presidency will be about the students."

The discussion was "more of a social occasion than a business meeting," Wright said.

Williams said Wright's activities during his first days in office have been typical of a president's daily schedule.

"[Monday] was a pretty ordinary day," Williams said. "I think everybody was pleased that all was so quiet."

Wright, whose move was greeted by a shower of congratulatory gifts, said he has not been in office for long enough to detect differences between the jobs of provost and president.

"[There is] an overlap of responsibilities," Wright said. "I haven't noticed any major differences ... [I have] thoroughly enjoyed it so far and I can't wait for tomorrow."

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