Goucher president helped foster understanding of issues [Letter]


July 17, 2013

The July 3 story in the Towson Times about Sandy Unger's intention to resign as president of Goucher College at the end of the 2013-14 academic year reminded me of another of Mr. Unger's considerable accomplishments. Besides elevating Goucher's position among the pantheon of America's most respected colleges and universities, President Unger established Goucher as an educational resource for the entire Baltimore community. 

During the Unger years, no other institution in the Greater Baltimore area did as much as Goucher to educate local citizenry about the issues of the day. Beginning with its public forum held a mere two days after the 9/11 attacks, continuing with provocative discussions of stem cell research and climate change, and most recently with panels devoted to gun control legislation and immigration reform, Goucher consistently hosted authoritative spokespersons on timely subjects that were open not only to Goucher students but also to the community at large.

Mr. Unger served as the incisive and fair-minded moderator for these events. During the question-and-answer periods of those programs, he invariably knew the names of all the students taking part. Goucher's penchant for fostering public understanding of crucial issues during the presidency of Sandy Unger is another part of his legacy — one we hope his successor will maintain following his departure. 

Joe Garonzik


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