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Stephen D. Schutt L'83
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“Mentorship is a valuable tradition in the law. At Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, in federal and state government and at Penn I have had a string of wonderful mentors. Judith Rodin (president of the University of Pennsylvania since 1994) is at the top of the list. She taught me a great deal, and I am very grateful.”

What emerges in talking with Schutt is an assured idealism about the role and purpose of higher education. “I am a product of a wonderful education and I am motivated by that to work with my peers at other colleges to make it better and available to anyone who wants it.”

Schutt has ascended the bully pulpit with quiet steps to proclaim his belief in the importance of the American educational system. He would like to see more college and university leaders do the same.

“I think college and university presidents should speak out on issues that fall within their areas of influence or expertise … I believe the diversity of colleges and universities is a great strength that is not adequately recognized, and the voices of presidents should be heard on this. In particular, small liberal arts colleges provide an essential, deeply valuable form of education that is threatened in various ways, and I speak and write about this as often as I can.”

This is where the amalgam of educator, politician, lawyer, and college president reveal the leader that Steve Schutt has become.

“A different kind of issue is the enrollment of international students in American colleges and universities. Current federal efforts to monitor these students, however well intentioned, could go badly awry if they are not implemented very carefully. The result could be a significant reduction in the number of international students on our campuses, which would be tragic.” 

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