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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Campus | Uf Administration

Kent Fuchs

In the aftermath of tragedy, remain optimistic

My friend Bob is a pessimist. Bob was a senior leader at another university for many years. No matter what opportunities or challenges that university faced, Bob was pessimistic about the outcome. During the years Bob reported to me, I frequently chided him on his persistent pessimism, which had a negative impact on those with whom he worked. His response was always that he was a short-term pessimist, but a long-term optimist.


What is a Provost?

A friend visiting Charleston, South Carolina, sent me a photo of a historic building with a prominent sign inscribed “Provost Dungeon.” My friend claimed the dungeon was where Charleston placed misbehaving provosts. I have also seen a plaque in New York City near city hall inscribed, “Near this site stood the Provost Prison, where patriots died for the cause of freedom 1776.”

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