January 31, 2023

College Presidents’ Opinion Pieces: A Busy Field, but with Some Corners Unplowed

King suggests that “By their limited participation, the presidents of HBCUs, associate’s degree, and special focus institutions are ceding the public debate on societal and policy issues to the voices of their peers – and especially to the views and priorities of the baccalaureate institutions.”   Recognizing exceptions to the rule, King saluted Walter Kimbrough, Dillard College; Dustin Swanger, Fulton-Montgomery (N.Y.) Community College; and Ricardo Azziz, Georgia Regents University as noteworthy role models for their peer institutions.

A recent blog post on the PhairAdvantage website, “Who’s Writing the Op-eds?: A Fresh Look at the Presidents Behind the Words,” offers additional details on the findings.


Roland King is senior consultant for strategic communications with PhairAdvantage Communications, a firm specializing in communications for higher education institutions and associations. Before his retirement in 2013, he was for 15 years vice president for public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Previously, he headed public relations at the University of Maryland, College Park, and earlier held similar positions at Rutgers University, Bucknell University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Roland King, PhairAdvantage Communications, LLC

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