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ABAJOURNAL featured President Marvin Krislov in "Lawyers find their skill sets make them ideal candidates for college presidencies"

04/01/2021

ABAJOURNAL featured President Marvin Krislov in "Lawyers find their skill sets make them ideal candidates for college presidencies"

Overall, higher education experts say that the experience lawyers from a variety of legal backgrounds possess in addressing conflicts and crises makes them particularly well-suited to serve as college presidents. This is especially true, they argue, during an era in which university leaders must tackle hot-button issues from racial justice to campus sexual assault. Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University in New York City, is among the lawyer-presidents who highlight the importance of conflict resolution experience. His professional history includes working as acting solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor and serving as the University of Michigan’s general counsel for nearly nine years, after which he became president of Oberlin College in Ohio.

“The challenge is to try to find something that acknowledges the different viewpoints and allows people to move forward rather than being trapped in argument,” Krislov says. “In this instance, it worked out quite well because the students felt heard, and the police benefited from the process.”

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