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WELCOME TO SU Stevenson is happy to welcome its seventh president, Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., starting on July 3, 2017. Hirshman joins the University after serving as president of San Diego State University (SDSU) since 2011. Under President Hirshman’s leadership, SDSU implemented an integrated budget and financial strategy; raised more than $800 million in private philanthropy for scholarships and new initiatives and programs; and established and endowed its Honors College. Ventures (V): You’re coming from serving as pres- ident at a research institution with an enrollment of 33,000-plus students and previously, you were the provost at UMBC, a public university with just under 14,000 students. Stevenson is a more tradi- tional liberal arts institution with an enrollment of 4,100 students. What perspectives do you antici- pate bringing to your new role here? However, this will not be Hirshman’s first time in Baltimore. Prior to his tenure at SDSU, Hirshman served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Previously, Hirshman was chief research officer at the George Washington University and chaired the Department of Psychology there and at the University of Colorado at Denver. Hirshman and his wife, Jeri, have been married for nearly 28 years. Jeri is a registered nurse who enjoys participating in local and national film festivals. Elliot Hirshman (EH): Let me share two. First is that I focus on all aspects of student develop- ment, from personal to professional. If we focus on what Stevenson has to offer each of our stu- dents, we can help them achieve their greatest aspirations. Second, I embrace Stevenson’s spirit of collaboration. Everyone at the University helps students excel. All members of the community come together to support students’ holistic de- velopment. Their daughter, Wendy, graduated from Muhlenberg College and is now married and living in Northern V: How do you define a liberal arts education? Virginia. Their son, Nathan, is a student at the Duke University School of Medicine. To help introduce Hirshman to the broader Stevenson community—alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends—Ventures magazine reached out to learn more about him, his vision, and ways the University will benefit from his extensive higher education experience. 4 | VENTURES/SUMMER 2017 EH: I see a liberal arts education as a wonder- ful opportunity to help students prepare for their lives. Not just their careers, although that is im- portant, but it also helps them develop habits of mind, in terms of written and oral communi- cations, as well as quantitative and qualitative reasoning. When we help our students develop