In a story published Saturday, I profiled Christopher Nelson, president of St. John’s College in Annapolis and arguably one of the most influential college presidents in the nation. Who are the others? And what makes a college president influential? Asks Daniel de Vise for the Washington Post. In Nelson’s case, it seems to be a combination of factors: tenure on the job (he’s in his 20th year); stature of the institution (St. John’s, with its Great Books curriculum, is one of the best-known liberal arts schools); proven leadership (Nelson helped organize the Annapolis Group, an informal organization of liberal arts schools with similar missions and concerns); and visibility (Nelson speaks all over the country, making a case for the liberal arts at a time when many parents consider the sector impractical)…

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Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

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