Reveley may seek top spot

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August 22, 2008

5:18 AM

In an interview yesterday with The Flat Hat, Interim College President Taylor Reveley backtracked on his previous position that he would not seek the presidency permanently.

On Feb. 13, the day after former College President Gene Nichol resigned, Reveley made clear that he was a temporary replacement. “Interim, acting, temporary,” he said, describing his position.

But yesterday Reveley, who was beaten out by Nichol for the top job in 2005, hinted he might be looking to drop the word “Interim” from his title.

At first, he said, the job was stressful.

“I viewed it a civic duty: something convenient or inconvenient, something I wanted to do or didn’t want to do, to see if I could help get the university through a very difficult period,” he said. “That’s the way it’s felt — civic duty — for quite some time.”

He said 17-hour days and seven-day workweeks were not unusual at first as the campus was in turmoil over Nichol’s resignation. However, by the end of the semester, he said, the workload lightened slightly and his feelings changed.

“It evolved from being a pretty grim civic duty to [a] pretty engaging challenge where I actually was having some fun,” he said. “What that ultimately means we shall see.”

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