Friday, July 29, 2011

Question and Answer with Dr. Lawrence T. Potter

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
by Amara Phillip
July 29, 2011

Part 3 of three-part series

In 2010, Dr. Lawrence T. Potter made history by becoming the first chief diversity officer of Allegheny College, a predominantly White, private liberal arts institution in rural, northwestern Pennsylvania. Here, Dr. Potter talks with Diverse about the challenges — and triumphs — of his new job.

Why did you take the job at Allegheny, over other potential opportunities you could have pursued?

I looked at three pathways: continuing down the road of private liberal arts institutions, looking at the HBCU path in terms of leadership and going back to where I actually got my start in higher education, as a third generation college student.

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