What To Do About Rick Santorum?
The unexpected rise of Rick Santorum to the top of the Republican presidential field has provoked more than a few questions (and I suspect more than a few nightmares) among those who -- let us say -- think. For me one of the most interesting questions bears directly upon my own responsibilities as president of a college. Under what circumstances and to what extent should a college or university president speak directly to political issues and even speak publicly on particular political candidacies? The rule of thumb has for quite some time been that on such matters presidents had best remain silent.