In 2004 I took a very unusual sabbatical leave. I enrolled as a first-year student at St. John’s College, the Great Books School in Annapolis Maryland, took the first-year course of study reading Greek literature and philosophy, hung out at the college coffee shop getting to know my new classmates, and, for my extracurricular activity, went out for crew, rowing and racing with seven high testosterone men. I wrote this experience up in a very funny book entitled Racing Odysseus:  A College President Becomes a Freshman Again published in 2008 by the University of California Press.  See
My second book, Off to College: A Parent's Guide, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.  This book examines the first-year experience from the perspective of Tufts University, Queens College of the City University of New York, Vassar College, Morningside College in Iowa, and Washington College in Maryland. See
As a result of these two publications, I speak nationally on transition issues. Recent venues include key-note speaker for the Council on Independent Colleges’ Institute for Chief Academic Officers and Student Deans in St. Petersburg, Florida; twice key-note speaker at a conference for Westchester  Putnam School Boards Association held at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York; and Parent's Night speaker at Somers High School in Westchester County.
Topics include:
  •    A college president becomes a freshman again: A unique Perspective on Transition from High School to College.
  •   Student Consumerism and the Ivory Tower: Shared Responsibility between the College and the Student.
  • From High School to College: Five Transitional Issues that should concern us