QI love teaching. My own college profes- sors inspired me to become a teacher. They made such an impact on me, and I could tell they enjoyed what they were doing. It’s a pleasure to introduce curious young people to new ideas, to encourage their questions, and to push them to improve their thinking. Students bring an infectious energy to everything they do, which keeps us young. So, the main reason I’m in the class- room is because it’s my favorite place to be. As the president, I want to know our students. Teaching lets me hear what’s on their minds, learn about heir lives, and understand their hopes and concerns. That helps me do my job, which is to improve every aspect of the university to the greatest possible extent. I also want the students to know that teaching is the core of our mission. Very few university presidents teach, but it’s a priority for me. In the course I’m doing with Professor Strong, we’re xploring the purposes of a liberal arts education, how a university can provide an outstanding one, and how students can try to make the most of their opportunities at Washington and Lee. It’s a great topic for a university
president and 12 first-years, and I’m having a lot of fun!
ASK PRESIDENT DUDLEY
WHAT’S YOUR W&L IQ?
To further mark the 50th anniversary of the Reeves Collection
(see p. 5), test your knowledge of the stories behind the treasures.
1. The collection of Euchlin
Reeves ’27L and his wife, Louise
Herreshoff Reeves, contained not
only Chinese export porcelain but
also paintings by Louise. How did
the paintings make their way to
A. Crated by professional art
movers and insured for $1 million
B. Wrapped in blankets in the
trunk of the car of Jim Whitehead,
the center’s founding director
C. A last-minute addition to the
moving van bringing the porcelain
BUTTERFLIES AND HIDDEN PAINTINGS
Q. You are co-teaching a
Philosophy of Education,
with Bob Strong, the William
Lyne Wilson Professor of
Politics. What compels you
to keep one foot in the
2. In the mid-1970s, W&L
licensed a design from the
collection — “Blue Porcelain
Butterfly” — for what purpose?
A. T-shirts for the students
who worked with the Reeves
B. Sheets and pillowcases
C. Wallpaper for the Woods
3. Which of these alumni
served as directors of the
A. Thomas V. Litzenburg Jr. ’57
B. Peter D. Grover ’73
C. Bruce Perkins ’73
1. (C) The paintings were so grimy that
people noticed only the frames. In
Lexington, a gentle cleaning of the first
painting “quite accidentally loosed an
explosion of color,” Whitehead wrote. He
and Marion Junkin ’ 27, then head of the
Fine Arts Department, discovered that the
talented Louise Herreshoff Reeves had left
behind an astounding body of work.
2. (B) Wamsutta produced bed linens; the
license brought the university substantial
royalties, and the Reeves Center has a set
in its collection.
3. (A and B) Following the retirement of
founding director Whitehead in 1992,
Litzenburg took the post, followed by
Grover in 2003. As a student, Perkins
helped to unpack and catalog the collection,
which inspired his own passion for art.
Ann T. “Holly” Bailey served as associate
director from 2002 to 2006. Ronald W.
Fuchs II is now the curator.