Tulane University - Jambalaya Yearbook (New Orleans, LA)

 - Class of 1981

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a n u Faculty and Administration The Tulane faculty is charged with fulfiUing the mission of the University: educating the students. An army of academia invades the guilded haJls and classrooms in an effort to enlighten students. In class, students sit in rapt attention, carefully noting every word of wisdom imparted by their lofty instructors. It is with much amazement and relief that one discovers that professors are actually human. They are not all high brow intellectuals locked away in stuffy offices debating the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. The Tulane faculty members are involved in their fields, engaged in interesting research, active in community affairs, and dedicated to bringing their subjects to life in the classroom. Students who approach the faculty at Tulane often find warmth, understanding, and even friendship. Where there are faculty members, there are students, and where there are both, there is un- doubtedly an administration and a staff. From the dormitory custodian to the chairman of the Board of Administrators, each member of the Tulane community has an important role to fulfill, and each person adds his own special contribution to the University. Sociology professor Morse diagrams an organizational theory on the blackboard. 35



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President (1975-1980) Sheldon Hackney: The Spirit of Tulane When F. Sheldon Hackney became the twelfth President of Tulane in 1975, he dedicated himself to the rejuvenation of the university. For five years. President Hackney served as the symbol of Tulane ' s revitalization and spirit. He was everywhere the students were, eating lunch in the U.C., attending a bonfire, drinking beer on the quad, and cheering on the Green Wave in the Superdome. At the same time, he was constantly working to ensure the growth and strength of the university, instituting new academic programs, recruiting top level adminis- trators, and, for the first time in twenty- five years, achieving a balanced budget. President Hackney decided to leave Tulane to accept the position of President of the University of Pennsylvania. He left Tulane with regrets, but he is secure in the knowledge that the University will continue to thrive in the future. President Hackney is proud of the change in morale and aspiration on campus. " We ' ve lifted our sights quite a bit, " he says. " We ' ve begun to do things on a wide enough scale so that people have the notion that we really can achieve great things. " There is little doubt that Tulane is on an upswing. President Hackney believes that there is enough momentum to keep it going. The school ' s academic standard is rising as each year the freshman class is selected from a larger number of better qualified applicants. The facilities for re- search have improved with additional funding, an aspect necessary for the attraction of good faculty. President Hackney views a dedicated, strong faculty as crucial for the academic development of the school. He feels that the faculty needs more out-of-class con- tact with the students. He says that the in- structors are willing, but the administra- tion must take steps to create avenues for them to do this. Hackney has attempted programs in that direction. He pointed out that " one thing that I think has changed somewhat — it needs to change a lot more — is the sense of intellectual excitement on campus and the experi- ence that students have while they are here. They are engaged in a series of out- side-of-class activities. I think that what goes on inside class is really very good here. " Younger faculty members seem to re- late to the students more easily, especial- ly outside the classroom. However, as President Hackney points out, even with the recent influx of bright, young faculty, the younger ones get older. " That ' s the biggest problem, I think, in the future. Making sure the University can keep bringing in new faculty members in a steady stream. We must keep revita- lizing. " In addition to the assurance of a vibrant faculty and an emphasis on informed education, fund raising and the subse- quent physical development of campus are important goals for the future. A lot has changed in the past five years, but a great deal remains to be accomplished. President Hackney says that it has been a difficult task, but now there are many strong people in the administration and the Presidency is a much more attractive job. He feels that perhaps, it is time to leave. " I think it ' s probably true that a lot of the changes that have happened in the last five years have been occasioned by some turbulence or outbreak. That al- ways leaves a few scars. I think it might be easier now for some new person to get the next set of changes than for me, " he says, and adds, " Fm not sure. " The new President, in order to con- tinue to move in the same direction, must have very high academic standards, and simultaneously be able to inspire a sense of upbeat on campus. " It ' s ajob that can be done by any number of different kinds of people; either a quiet administrator, a charismatic leader, or an intellectual en- trepreneur, " President Hackney says. He offers these words of wisdom for his successor, " Keep your sense of humor and look at the long term. " President Hackney has managed to do both. Tulane is a stronger, more vibrant, and more academically oriented university than it was five years ago. The seeds of the future have been planted, and, with proper care, they will thrive. President Hackney leaves Tulane with this thought, " It ' s a great place and will be even grea- ter if people continue to love and nourish it. " 36

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