Ventures Summer 2017 - Page 9

WELCOME TO SU “ The first and most important thing is for me to listen broadly and learn about the campus and the aspirations and goals of the community.” V: How do you feel about returning to the Baltimore area? EH: I’m excited. It is, of course, an opportunity to re- connect with colleagues and friends. There’s a saying, “No person ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and they are not the same person.” I fully believe this, so I’m excited about new opportunities given changes since I’ve been here. V: What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you? EH: In some regards, the ubiquity offered by the inter- net makes it hard for there to be many surprises. One, however, is that my wife and I are supporters of animals in that we think of them as family members. People will see that I’m very interested in animal welfare. Another thing that people might not know is that I was a student- athlete in high school. I played defensive back for the football team and ran track, so I understand some of the challenges our student-athletes face. 200 products in a grocery store and sold them in bulk? These simple ideas had enormous implications, provid- ing opportunities for much broader distribution of high- quality product. It’s a great example of how a simple set of ideas can change an organization and affect people’s lives. V: Are there any final comments to the SU community as you begin your tenure as president? EH: When I was interviewing, Stevenson’s heritage of community, its tradition as a caring community, was very attractive to me. There is so much great work happening here—the integration of career preparation with liberal arts, cultural and artistic events, athletics—that I want to nurture and support. I see Stevenson as a wonderful, diverse community, one where people are friendly, sup- portive, and really care about each other. I look forward to joining the community. SU V: What’s the last book you’ve read? EH: Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary and Social Innovator. Price was the person who came up with the concept of big box stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco. For ex- ample, back in the early ‘50s, he was looking at retail stores and thought, what would happen if we only sold For more on President Hirshman’s pro- fessional, academic, and personal back- ground, visit STEVENSON.EDU | 7