Am I Too Early to Be Late?: A College President Grapples with the Issue of Time Management


Turning the pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education on a cold and icy winter’s day is a sure-fire way to make you forget the frozen tundra outside your door.

The Day-Before-Groundhog-Day edition of the Chronicle provides some much-needed comic relief in the form of sage advice from

Roger H. Hull, a former president of Beloit College and Union College (N.Y.), [who] offer[s] practical tips for college presidents on small things they could to increase their success in the job. Mr. Hull, who now runs a foundation for youth in Schenectady, N.Y., is the author of Lead or Leave: A Primer for College Presidents and Board Members.

Among other things, he [says]:

If you can stay for only part of an event, come at the end of it rather than leave early. Coming late signals you had another commitment, while leaving early says you’re not interested.

One wonders what suggestions former President Hull has for the overbooked administrator who is heading out the door early from a “commitment” in order to show up late at an “event.”

Am I too early to be late?

Artist's rendition of President Hull rushing off early from his commitment so that he can be late for his next event.

If you know the answer let me know and I’ll pass it on to Roger.

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