past, and our future
groups charged with studying the relationship between Canadian universities and
potential donors, and of course, alumni. While all elements of the survey are fascinating
(truly), the aspect of this process I find the most intriguing relates to how each stake-
holder group values the sense of tradition within a university setting. More specifically,
how, if history is deemed an important element of a university's identity, do institutions
strive to retain a connection to the past, while at the same time progressing so as to be
able to serve the needs of a rapidly changing, and increasingly global market for higher
education? While many institutions attempt to strike this balance, few succeed.
seem something that Mount Allison has done quite well. There are many examples, par-
ticularly in the past decade, of how Mount A has taken a huge leap forward while at the
same time firmly retaining its connection to the past (the creation of the Wallace
McCain Student Centre, formerly Trueman House, is perhaps the best example of this).
inherently important issue for institutions such as Mount Allison. We are, after all, a
university with a rich and important history that should remain a critical part of our
institutional fabric. We continually attract the best and brightest to our campus, in
terms of students, faculty, and staff; to continue to do so, we must offer programs,
classes, and facilities that are unmatched. How do we continue to reconcile the two?
institutions reinvent themselves time and again. They evolve and change. They cherish
the past but are not beholden to it. They are courageous and make tough decisions. I
believe Mount Allison has done well so far.
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