Women Mayors Discuss Challenges and Opportunities in Elections and Governance

Muna Killingback | June 22, 2018
Mayors Tyer, Driscoll, and Spicer discuss campaigns and governing with Janet Wu.

Mayors Tyer, Driscoll, and Spicer discuss campaigns and governing with Janet Wu.
Image by: Merrill Shea

Just do it—don’t be afraid. Take a risk. Volunteer to get a feel of what it’s like…You can make an impact.

Three women mayors—Kim Driscoll of Salem, Yvonne Spicer of Framingham, and Linda Tyer of Pittsfield—spoke frankly about their experiences and offered guidance to women considering public office during a recent panel discussion co-sponsored by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy based at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s McCormack Graduate School and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.  Journalist Janet Wu moderated the panel.

The event was the third in the joint CWPPP and MWPC Go Local! series highlighting women in municipal government. The first featured five of the six women of color Boston City Councilors, and the second brought together four women school committee members from Cambridge, Franklin, New Bedford, and Springfield.

Reflecting on the demands of campaigning, Mayor Tyer said, “I’m still astonished that we pulled off what we did—we won all 14 precincts.” She credited her success to the support of a “very close circle of friends…who were strategic and worked very hard.”   Tyer said the most important aspect of the campaign was “how you make voters feel about their city.”  Mayor Driscoll observed that, “The beauty of a local race is that one-on-one contact--really getting to know people.”

Mayor Spicer said the fact that she did not have a political background appealed to many voters:  “What came across was that I was honest and genuine, and for the people.  I was not beholden to any special interest group.  I was the People’s Mayor—that was my tagline.”  The flip side of this was that she did not receive support from the political establishment:  “I was a virtual political nobody and no one was going to spend their political cachet on an untested candidate.”  However, she said the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus “came out front and center for me.”  Emily’s List also backed her campaign and she had strong support from many women in her community.  Spicer, who is Black, added that, “It is significant to me that my mostly white community chose me.” 

All three mayors agreed that governing was more difficult than campaigning. “Governing is hard,” said Driscoll, “At the end of the day someone is going to like it  and someone is not. And there are factors that are out of your control.”  Tyer added that, “If people understand your rationale, they will respect your decision.”   Spicer, who is also the first ever mayor of Framingham, which had earlier voted to incorporate into a city, added that, “The laundry list of complaints comes flooding in, and it is a challenge.”

Achieving greater diversity in their city governments was a goal shared by all three.  Spicer advised surrounding yourself with those “who don’t look and think like you.”  Tyer said she sought to have “every voice represented, to have more diversity on boards and committees, and to have every neighborhood activist at the table to help make decisions.”

Spicer observed that it is harder to recruit people of color than women and that her proposal for a diversity officer was not approved by the city council.  And for her personally,  “The micro aggressions happen on a regular basis and if I let every one sink me, I’d never crawl out of bed…Even in our progressive community, the needle is stuck in many ways.”                                 

Panelists also encouraged younger women to risk running for office.  Driscoll told them to consider roles on local boards and commissions and that these provided a good training ground for political office:  “Get involved, get active—too often the rooms we enter don’t have women in them, and that voice is missing.”   Tyer said, “Just do it—don’t be afraid.  Take a risk.  Volunteer to get a feel of what it’s like…You can make an impact.”


The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston is committed to advancing women's participation in public life by providing quality graduate education through its Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate program that brings together women from diverse backgrounds, conducting research with an intersectional lens, and convening conferences and other public events to advance public policies that make a difference in women's lives.

Tags: center for women in politics and public policy , community , diversity , elections , framingham , gender, leadership, and public policy , janet wu , leadership , massachusetts women's political caucus , mayor kim driscoll

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Posted by Nedra | June 06, 2018 - 12:23 p.m.

Congratulations! I am so happy to hear this news and am proud of the work and accomplishments of these three Beacons. Keep up the work hard! Yay, UMass Boston!

Posted by Steven Rudnick, PhD | June 04, 2018 - 10:51 a.m.

A Beacon in the Fog grin. Happy to see, and certainly not surprised, that my ex-colleagues do understand the world. I am teaching climate science in a number of settings here in Santa Fe and endlessly deride the attempt to hold back the sea.

Posted by Ron Fredey | June 03, 2018 - 9:03 p.m.

Congratulations, Beth!!  Well deserved recognition.

Posted by Regina Casey | June 03, 2018 - 9:41 a.m.

Congratulations to Beth Myers and Jeanne Cleary

Posted by Edore | June 02, 2018 - 11:36 a.m.

This is awesome!  Great job, team!

Posted by Maxwell | June 01, 2018 - 11:08 p.m.

Wonderful, Jerry

Posted by zeleke belayneh | June 01, 2018 - 8:14 a.m.

It is a wonderful and I am being impressed with the story. Though global governance and human security is very vital for the world as the whole, it is particularly important for the developing world like us. So, I hope that I will pursue my PhD with it via full scholarship at your university by 2020.

Posted by Raphael | June 01, 2018 - 4:48 a.m.

Great achievement, scholar.

Posted by Alex Owiti | June 01, 2018 - 2:45 a.m.

Well done villagemate. Africa is proud of you. We believe the amassed knowledge will help improve human security through your recommendations to proper governance not only on Africa but across the world. Congratulations!

Posted by Fresnel Desarmes | May 31, 2018 - 3:31 p.m.

Best moment during the ceremony. Wakanda4ever

Posted by Fresnel Desarmes | May 31, 2018 - 3:29 p.m.

Best moment of the class 2018!  Wakanda4ever

Posted by Wayne G. | May 26, 2018 - 12:03 a.m.

Great stuff. From a great fellow Walthamite.

Posted by Gordon Mathieson | May 25, 2018 - 9:10 p.m.

The news from this conference is so uplifting! ALL states should follow the leadership of the Confucius Institute in Utah and UMass Boston to advance U.S. students’ opportunities. It will advance the new and future shared economy, perpetuate growth in building cultural bridges, and gain confidence as U.S. students learn the Chinese language.

Posted by Peter J Taylor | May 19, 2018 - 1:03 p.m.

Bobby’s capstone “synthesis” will be viewable after graduation day at https://scholarworks.umb.edu/cct_capstone/

Posted by Peter J Taylor | May 19, 2018 - 12:57 p.m.

Bobby’s studies in the CCT Program were in courses that combined students in the room with students from a distance in regularly scheduled weekly sessions. Interesting virtues follow from structuring discussion and small group interactions so that students from a distance feel as included as students in the room (as described in this session for the Center for Innovative Teaching, http://cct.wikispaces.umb.edu/CIT24Oct17)

Posted by Peter J Taylor | May 18, 2018 - 9:36 a.m.

A GoFundMe campaign raised the funds in one day to fly Bobby from Copenhagen to graduation (and back).

Posted by Mr. Pereira | May 16, 2018 - 9:35 p.m.

I know Christian and his family very well. He is a dedicated hard worker and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of his accomplishments. He has the tenacity and fortitude that make him a success. Congratulations, Christian.

Posted by Rich | May 16, 2018 - 11:59 a.m.

The lack of transparency in politics is astounding. People have a right to know where every dollar comes from which then funds political campaigns.

Posted by Barbara Sutherland | May 16, 2018 - 7:51 a.m.

Have know this young man since his childhood and he is a true gentleman and I wish I could hear his commencement speech.

Posted by Janet | May 15, 2018 - 6:12 p.m.

Great story. What an inspiration to all and an incredibly generous soul ❤️

Posted by Wayne Grumney | May 15, 2018 - 4:42 p.m.

I’ve known Bobby since early childhood back in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is and always has been a class act. Wish I could get to Boston to see him graduate. Congratulations, Bobby!

Posted by William D Koller | May 15, 2018 - 4:31 a.m.

An impressive young man.

Posted by Saul Cooper | May 12, 2018 - 5:24 p.m.

It would seem that with the major social media outlets like YouTube censoring conservative viewpoints, more dark money will be seen in response. It’s a poor state of affairs for both ends of the political spectrum.

Posted by Borst Goldschneider | May 11, 2018 - 8:14 p.m.

“Isn’t dark money more closely connected to conservative causes and candidates?” This is a loaded question! Good on Cunningham there immediately calling out HRC who received multiple times what DJT received in campaign contributions. Where is the data that shows that Republicans spend more dark money. Worth mentioning that HRC didn’t even disclose her foreign donors. What is that about?

Posted by Jay | May 11, 2018 - 6:48 p.m.

“While no one has a monopoly on injecting this money into the political process, isn’t dark money more closely connected to conservative causes and candidates?”—A more leading question couldn’t have been asked here. At least Professor Cunningham pointed out the “huge sums” that went to Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Bob Duffy | May 10, 2018 - 9:37 p.m.

Well deserved recognition!

Posted by Aaron Devine | May 03, 2018 - 3:49 p.m.

Congratulations, Fakisha. Well deserved!

Posted by Aaron Devine | May 03, 2018 - 3:35 p.m.

Congratulations to an excellent poet and storyteller. Well deserved!

Posted by Dr. John William Cavanaugh, MSPA UMass Boston '87 | April 30, 2018 - 11:59 a.m.

This is outstanding!  Thank you for promoting civic dialogue and public discourse.  McCormack might consider debates with town hall formats in the future so that citizens can interact with candidates directly after deliberating on key issues facing the state. Look at this model:  “In 1996, the National Issues Convention (NIC) assembled a national sample of 459 Americans on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. This diverse group of Americans was seen and heard nationally. They spent three days in small group discussions of major public issues and participated in two live PBS telecasts moderated by Jim Lehrer where they questioned Vice President Al Gore and four contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. This experiment in democracy was an innovative step that engaged the ongoing debate about mass communication and democracy.” http://www.questia.com/library/3645726/the-poll-with-a-human-face-the-national-issues-convention

Posted by Louise Smith | April 03, 2018 - 6:32 p.m.

Great reporting. You have captured the important message.

Posted by Marcus | March 31, 2018 - 1:38 p.m.

I am obsessed with Jen!

Posted by Rosanna DeMarco | March 16, 2018 - 3:10 p.m.

Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Hayman.
We are very happy for the recognition given to your work and the many lifetime achievements you have accomplished. The Department of Nursing celebrates YOU!

Posted by Mary Driscoll | March 16, 2018 - 11:19 a.m.

Congratulations, Laura!

Posted by Jemadari Kamara | March 14, 2018 - 1:13 p.m.

Congratulations to our awesome student athletes and athletics program! You have made us all proud at UMass Boston. Continue to strive for excellence on the track and in the classroom!

Posted by Apurva Mehta | March 13, 2018 - 5:21 p.m.

Congratulations, Laura.

Posted by Joanne Spitz | March 11, 2018 - 8:03 p.m.

Great. So proud of our UMass athletes.

Posted by Dawn Cuthrell | March 09, 2018 - 3:50 p.m.

Great young man!! Colin has worked very hard. I am happy that he has this opportunity!

Posted by tatyana | March 08, 2018 - 5:22 p.m.


Posted by Ed Sullivan | March 07, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

From all alumni players who ever put on the jersey, Boston State to UMass Boston, congratulations and good luck to a player and person who really earned this opportunity!
  Ed Sullivan, Boston State ‘69

Posted by Reverend Adrienne Berry-Burton, Chaplain | February 28, 2018 - 4:29 p.m.

Congratulations to our scholar athletes and their coaches! Well done, UMass Boston Women’s Basketball Team!
And congratulations to the other winter UMass Boston teams who are excelling!

Posted by Kim Matunis | February 26, 2018 - 6:59 p.m.

Why did she still carry the name of Wheatley (her slave owner) if she married John Peters?  Shouldn’t her last name have been Peters? Wonderful story. I love hearing about women and people of color in our history as they were often omitted from the history books when I was growing up.

Posted by Ross Krieger | February 13, 2018 - 10:37 a.m.

Way to go, John. Was a fun class. It really was incredibly valuable.

Posted by Ann LeBoeuf Evans | January 31, 2018 - 7:33 a.m.

Heartfelt thanks to Jack for honoring Winston Langley and supporting UMass Boston students. I am so honored to be associated with two such amazing individuals and this great university!

Posted by Steve | January 23, 2018 - 11:36 a.m.

Great work guys! Kaley Major is one of the best researchers in the School for the Environment. Glad to see her and Dr. Poynton getting recognition for all their hard work.

Posted by Luiz Rabelo | January 20, 2018 - 12:20 p.m.

In 2007 I was one of the two students who presented to the foundation for support of this project. Very happy to see where it is now.

Posted by Cathryn Rench, PhD | January 18, 2018 - 1:23 p.m.

Congratulations to Ed, and many thanks to him as well for an outstanding IPMH Program. As a fellow who completed her doctorate during the 2014-2015 session, much of the new material gleaned from the luminaries enriched the dissertation which resulted in a book contract from a UK/US publisher, not to mention the professional workshop and conference invitations that were direct offshoots of the final project requirement for IPMH certification. Cathryn Rench, PhD, Dijon, France

Posted by Michael H. Cunningham | January 09, 2018 - 4:35 p.m.

Tom - Job well done! Congratulations. Reaching out to each other is cathartic, for all sides, and I am proud of the Joiner Institute for doing this.
If you think it would help, I would be honored to donate a copy of my book, Walking Point, to Mr. Huu Thinh.

Posted by Dan Higgins | January 09, 2018 - 8:48 a.m.

Long overdue for the Joiner Institute to be acknowledged for the great work that they do. Congratulations!!!!

Posted by Linda Dittmar | January 08, 2018 - 3:09 p.m.

Wonderful and well-earned recognition. I applaud the Joiner for years of wonderful work supporting so many writers.

Posted by Robert Driscoll | January 08, 2018 - 2 p.m.

Congratulations. I am very proud to be part of the Joiner Institute. My years of helping out in the office and the directions received at the workshops supported me in writing my story, “Returning for My Brother.”  I wish you many years of success and growth. Many blessings and peace.

Posted by Dorothy Shubow Nelson | January 08, 2018 - 12:59 p.m.

These awards and recognitions are well-deserved. The story, for its very important details, and the remarkable photo of those who received the medals, combine to paint a moving and memorable portrait of these devoted activists, teachers, leaders, and writers and their purposeful and unchartered course of work that was initiated many years ago and continues to this day.

My respect and admiration for the faculty and administrators of the Joiner Institute runs deep. I will always remember and value the presence of Paul Atwood in my honors classes at UMass Boston. I am grateful for Kevin Bowen’s supportive initiatives and organized readings beyond UMass Boston into our communities, and the many programs throughout the year that offered the provocative and innovative work of American and International artists and writers. I am glad that I have been able to participate in the summer workshops over recent years. My experience with the Joiner Institute has inspired me to develop my own writing workshops for veterans and their families at Cape Ann Veterans Services in Gloucester, MA. This is the fifth consecutive year of those workshops. We have just published a book from the writers in these workshops, called The Inner Voice and The Outer World, Writings by Cape Ann Veterans and Their Families. On December 10, 2017 a cross-section of more than 150 people listened for two hours as 16 writers read their excerpts from this anthology.—Dorothy Shubow Nelson (former member of the English Dept. at UMass Boston)

Posted by Bruce Weigl | January 08, 2018 - 12:12 p.m.

It was a real joy traveling to the city that I love so much and think of now as my second home, Ha Noi, with Tom, Kevin, Chung, and Chan. I was especially happy to be able to introduce Tom to some old friends in Ha Noi. I can’t wait to return!  Thanks, Joiner Institute.  Bruce Weigl

Posted by Jeneva Beraldi | January 05, 2018 - 1:12 p.m.

Gina McCarthy, your work is admirable. When will you be back to UMass Boston? I hope to meet you and attend your seminars. I too will be studying EPA policies there and would hope to study by your side. Thank you.

Posted by Chantrarat Vongareesawat | January 01, 2018 - 8:02 a.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Teri on this great recognition. You have inspired others to keep doing great works by promoting the nursing profession and contributions to society. Thank you so much, my dear professor. How wonderful you are!

Posted by Sylvia Henderson | December 30, 2017 - 7:03 a.m.

Thank you, Ms. Killingback!
This article exposes more people to some of Councilwoman Stevenson’s concerns and passions for Norwood.
She appears to be a harbinger of hope for needed change, for necessary transformation, in Norwood. When this happens, ALL the people in the City of Norwood will thrive!

Posted by Barbara Graceffa | December 13, 2017 - 10:52 a.m.

Congrats to Paul. His dedication to his students and community has always been one of his hallmarks! I have enjoyed working with him over the years - especially in the early days of the PhD Program in Public Policy.

Posted by Susan Antovil | December 12, 2017 - 8:21 a.m.


Posted by Kathleen P. Castagna | November 27, 2017 - 2:36 p.m.

I am so happy to see the food pantry services that UMass Boston now has for its students. People who are talented, intelligent, trying to make a good life for themselves and a good future for themselves deserve all the support and encouragement that our society and our culture can give to them. The “dead wood people” who are throwing their lives down the toilet bowls with drugs and alcohol can find good role models from the people who are trying their best to live good-quality lives and improve their culture and society and get good educations.

Posted by Catherine Carmona | November 26, 2017 - 10:17 p.m.

This is so exciting to read. I hope there will be more female scientists speaking at UMass Boston in 2018!

Posted by Brenda | November 21, 2017 - 8:53 p.m.

I have been looking for a resource like this. Thank you!

Posted by Kathleen Shepherd-Segura | November 20, 2017 - 1:14 p.m.

This is awesome. I volunteer at the commuter food pantry at Lesley University which opened this past September. When I was a commuter during the big dig era, I commuted from Merrimac, MA to Boston and I would eat my tuna sandwich on the Tobin bridge. I had two sandwiches but always gave one to my carpool partner. I would starve the rest of the day because I had to pay for parking and art supplies. I hope all universities implement this because it is important to a successful college experience to not be hungry.

Posted by Betty C Nalungwe | November 16, 2017 - 7:58 p.m.

Well done, Kosar!
Unless you have walked a mile in their shoes, you can never understand what they go through. You are so better placed to tell them how, and why. We need more women to do this for ourselves.
Thank you and congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

Posted by Maria Menzi | November 16, 2017 - 5:44 p.m.

I’m so excited about your book! I’m going to purchase it immediately! How wonderful I was part of last spring’s class which has impacted me deeply. Congratulations!

Posted by Cassandra Veney | November 15, 2017 - 12:58 a.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Edozie. I am so proud of you and humbled that I have had the pleasure to work with you. Your new university is very lucky to have you.

Posted by Brenda | November 13, 2017 - 10:17 p.m.

Congratulations, Anne! You are an inspiration to all early educators.

Posted by Judith Knight | November 13, 2017 - 9:41 p.m.

Wonderful to learn about the many supports offered at UMass Boston that assist students in achieving academic success as they seek to improve their lives and secure their futures. Bravo!

Posted by Tanya Ames | November 07, 2017 - 8:57 a.m.

Congratulations, Amy!!!!!

Posted by steven.rudnick@umb.edu | November 03, 2017 - 6:18 p.m.

Nice work, ex-colleagues and the others.

Posted by barbara lewis | November 02, 2017 - 12:10 p.m.

in this city of world-class hospitals, the life expectancy gap is stark. Thirty-three more years of life, statistically, for Beacon Hill residents versus the relegated in Roxbury and similar zip codes. Being committed to a life-sustaining environment for all is a necessary focus. I am so glad that Dean Linda Thompson has come to UMass Boston.

Posted by Sarah Rajab | October 30, 2017 - 11:01 a.m.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to welcome Dean Linda Thompson to UMass Boston.

Posted by Michelle Ferguson | October 30, 2017 - 9:14 a.m.

What a fantastic visionary leader and asset to this university environment that supports forward thinkers like Dr. Thompson. Welcome!

Posted by Daphnee Cameron | October 29, 2017 - 10:09 p.m.

Welcome to UMass Boston, Dean Thompson.

Posted by juan evereteze | October 25, 2017 - 8:23 a.m.

This is great news. I travel often to West African nations as a faculty member in the COM. We run a joint certificate program with the Department of African American Studies and often come in contact with potential issues around Dengue Fever. Fortunately, we have to get vaccinated every two years in order to travel to these countries, but when you are on the ground there, you realize how fortunate you are to have the vaccine and how unfortunate large portions of the African population aren’t because they don’t have the same access to knowledge and vaccination against this disease. Hopefully this research will change these limitations for the better in the near future.


Juan J. Evereteze, Sr. Lecturer

Posted by Nina Hayes | October 04, 2017 - 12:12 p.m.

I am very much interested in this study. My mom is 89 and worked until she was 85. I am the oldest of her six ‘kids’ (69) that she thinks are still capable of running errands or cleaning roof gutters. My own day-to-day research confirms the challenges outweigh the rewards.
Thank you
Virginia Fitzgerald Hayes ‘79 and McCormack ‘90

Posted by Mustapha Coker | September 27, 2017 - 9 p.m.

Brilliant!! Welcome Dr. Berger!!! I like your foresight, energy and enthusiasm. As a doctoral candidate in urban education leadership, UMass Boston has been my home since my undergraduate years. I also did my master in education here and I am about to complete my doctoral work in urban education leadership at the university. I am proud of the changes happening at the moment but I like what you said about the university and the community. You said, “There are two types of urban research: those that are islands in the cities and the communities they serve, and those that are fully integrated and enmeshed in the communities they serve,” Berger said. “Being here at UMass Boston, that was one of the attractions, to be at a university and a College of Education and Human Development that are really immersed in their communities.”
The challenge is to go further but not to lose our identity as a community university. Your promise to us in college of education and to the whole study body should be, “We will expand further than before but we will not lose our identity as a community university.” We will support you in all your efforts to make UMass Boston the #1 community university in not only America but in the whole world.

Welcome to the home of the Beacons!!!
Thank you for coming.
Mustapha C.

Posted by eliane markoff | September 20, 2017 - 5:20 p.m.

I enjoyed reading your article. It resonates with me. May I share it and the link with others?
Thank you, Eiane Markoff, Ombuds at Wheelock College

Posted by Jane Pickett | September 13, 2017 - 3:19 p.m.

I’m proud to say that I got my master’s in instructional design from UMass Boston. Going back to college after 50 was daunting,and also one of the best things I ever did.

Posted by Rick Clarke | September 07, 2017 - 10:59 p.m.

Awesome and very inspiring. Congratulations, and your ten reasons are beautiful!

Posted by Inita jones | September 02, 2017 - 12:24 p.m.

Thanks so much for this story about my mom. She is truly a pioneer and a living legend. Thanks for the recognition.

Posted by Joey Wise | August 30, 2017 - 9:52 a.m.

I think you ar nothing short of amazing!!

Posted by Abdul AbuFannouneh | August 24, 2017 - 4:47 p.m.

Congrats, Dr. Aronowitz! You deserve the best and keep going.

Best regards, Abdul

Posted by Mary Driscoll | August 24, 2017 - 8:43 a.m.

Congratulations, Teri, on well-deserved recognition!

Posted by Paul Properzio | August 22, 2017 - 9:21 p.m.

Well deserved. A good number of my former students at Boston Latin Academy enrolled at and graduated from UMass Boston. They really liked the education they received there and are doing well in their careers now.

Posted by Dotsy Zirkle | August 21, 2017 - 2:13 p.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Lee!

Posted by wmcarroll | August 12, 2017 - 2:12 p.m.

excellent ... inspiration

Posted by Ola Nwabara | August 08, 2017 - 12:43 a.m.

Congratulations, you’ve definitely received a gem in Dr. Edozie! As a former student and mentee, I can attest to her commitment to developing teacher-scholars who are innovative and intersecting in their approaches to research, teaching, and community engagement in both national and international settings. She will be an extraordinary addition to your community.

Posted by Liz Marran | August 06, 2017 - 4:22 p.m.

Terrific work! Congratulations.

Posted by Kevin Scott | July 20, 2017 - 10:57 a.m.

Simply one of the best political scientists/professors in the world.
Ethical, honest, passionate and compassionate.
An underlying sense of humor was almost always present as well.
The first day I had his class, he said, “One of the best ways to destroy a country is not by invading it, but by electing a PhD to be the leader of that country.” He then said, “I am putting myself down a bit by saying that, since I have a PhD.”  smile

Posted by Sandra Philpott-Burke (Michigan State University B | July 18, 2017 - 9:08 a.m.

Congratulations to Dr. Edozie. She deserves it!

Posted by Igbo Rowland | July 16, 2017 - 11:46 a.m.

Very interesting. I hope to follow in her footsteps.

Posted by Kelechi | July 15, 2017 - 1:28 p.m.

Excellent choice!!!

Posted by Helen Odibo | July 15, 2017 - 11:50 a.m.

Great, Uniben! Proud of you!

Posted by Kirk Etherton | July 12, 2017 - 2:16 p.m.

This is an excellent article—informative, and important.

Posted by Richard Rowe | July 10, 2017 - 4:44 p.m.

This is a powerful statement about the importance not only of words but of the ideas and beliefs that they convey. As the saying goes, “believing is seeing” —- we can see only those things that we believe to be there.

Posted by Rita Kiki Edozie | July 10, 2017 - 11:41 a.m.

A well deserved accomplishment. Congrats!

Posted by Craig Burelle | July 06, 2017 - 3:21 p.m.

This is fantastic news! Way to go guys.

Posted by Jim Smith | July 05, 2017 - 10:07 a.m.

I agree with Ms. McClellan. There is no need to list other schools to prove our competitiveness. This is simply another example of the great work being done at the university. Congratulations to the team.

Posted by aimi | July 04, 2017 - 7:35 p.m.

In looking back, I feel like I still have more to share.

Posted by Roland Dennis | July 02, 2017 - 5:44 p.m.

Inspirational, and genuine

Posted by Leona Thomas | June 29, 2017 - 9:40 a.m.

Congrats to this awesome team. They worked very hard. In the end it was worth it all.