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Leadership in the “Marketplace of Ideas”: Lessons from a Lifetime in Academia

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On March 4th, Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, spoke at the University of Utah to give the Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture.  President Coleman  gave a straightforward talk about leadership based on lessons learned during her years of experience in academia–as student, professor, administrator, and now president of one of the country’s flagship public institutions of higher learning.  Some of her insights–like “celebrating the accomplishments of all members of the academic community strengthens our scholarship and collegiality”–may not surprise , but others just might–including that “…my male colleagues have just as hard a time being president as I do. There’s no differerence. There just isn’t, and feeling like there is … causes you to do things that will not be helpful to your career.”   The talk, which begins by recounting an amusing and thought-provoking phone call, is available at the following link:

Edie Kochenour

About the Edie Kochenour Lecture. The annual networking event and presentation of interest to women commemorates the achievements of Edie Kochenour. Coordinated in collaboration with the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women , the Kochenour Event frequently has been timed to coincide with Women’s Week at the University of Utah.

Edie Kochenour was well-known on campus for her wide-ranging passions, energy, and enthusiasm. She served the University for over 25 years. She held an appointment as the Director of Learning Enhancement Programs at the Counseling Center and also the Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services. Ms. Kochenour developed a national profile through writing and presenting papers. The event is funded through an endowment established in Edie’s memory by her husband, Dr. Neil Kochenour.

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