Presidents Howard and Lindgren spoke about the
benefits and value of a liberal arts education.
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren and Hampden-Sydney President
Christopher Howard appeared together on January 19, 2011 at a public affairs lunch
forum sponsored by and held at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia. The
presidents spoke to a capacity crowd of alumni and trustees of both colleges and
members of the Commonwealth Club and their guests about the benefits and value of
a liberal arts education.
“Colleges such as R-MC and H-SC—that is, selective, residential liberal arts colleges—offer
the best undergraduate educational experience to be found today anywhere in America,”
Lindgren cited student research opportunities, low student-teacher ratios and a
sense of community as some of the characteristics unique to liberal arts colleges.
He also referenced several distinguished R-MC alumni in attendance: R-MC Trustee
member, Dr. Steve Long ’82, who majored in English
and today is a well-respected and recognized pain management physician in Richmond;
and Megan Silva Schultz ’06. Schultz was one of the most decorated athletes in R-MC
history who set ODAC basketball records for both women and men in career points
and assists and was recognized as the top Division III woman athlete in the country.
She also earned Phi Beta Kappa honors at R-MC.
Howard told the crowd, “Whatever rivalries divide us, Virginia’s small private colleges,
with our commitment to the values upon which our nation was built, have a positive
mission that is reflected every day in the great work of H-SC and R-MC.”
Also in attendance was Tom Allen, a 1960 Hampden-Sydney alumnus and chair of their
board, who parlayed his majors in history and political science into a successful
career in business for East Coast Oil and as Chairman of the Clovelly Corporation.