BY ANGELA MURPHY —
Dr. Philip Way was introduced by a lengthy description of his curriculum vitae, which he then followed by first stating that he would prefer to walk around the front of the room than simply stand in front of the microphone and speak.
Way put together a PowerPoint presentation, which mapped out his three priorities for William Paterson. He clearly knew what he wanted to talk about and did not need to glance at his own notes. Way is one of four finalists for the position of president of WPU; its current president, Kathleen Waldron, will retire in June after eight years in the job.
Throughout his presentation, he highlighted the three priorities for the university: student recruitments, student persistence, and financial stability. Way said he has experience with student recruitment, and would like to see a rise in all student demographics at WPU. Following this was his own comparisons to Slippery Rock University, where he is currently employed as interim president.
For example, he said Slippery Rock went through challenges with student recruitment where they had to make decisions on how to successfully bring in more students. They began to look outside high school and transfer students, and brought in more veterans and students of an older age. This decision to broaden their target audience was successful, which raised their numbers overall.
His presentation lasted 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer period. These questions varied between his views on shared government, and concerns about community college’s possibly changing from a two-year transfer opportunity to a three-year program.
Way said that if he became WPU’s next president representatives would “go out and talk to two year colleges and channel them into here.” This would be regardless whether there was a change from a two-year community colleges to three years, and would try to introduce things such as dual admission.
The third presidential finalist, Dr. James Strong, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 21. An open forum will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12:45 to 2 p.m., in University Commons Ballroom C where Dr. Strong will make a brief presentation, then respond to questions.