Irwin: The culmination of the study, grit

I miss teaching. I freely admit that the day-to-day interactions with students, the ability to share ideas and pose questions, and the personal and professional mentoring of students are the joys that got me into the higher education field in the first place. Watching students’ eyes light up when they grasp a complex concept or seeing them present a paper or poster based on research on which they worked so very hard are rewarding in ways that reviewing spreadsheets, writing reports, and attending endless meetings cannot match. As chancellor, however, I do have some opportunities that I did not have as a faculty member in that I get to shake the hand of our graduates who walk across the stage at commencement. Every. Single. One.