Feb 20, 2012

President's Day in Minnesota

“I’m president of Macalester. Life is good.”

And so begins President’s Day at Macalester College—a video tribute to Macalester starring college president Brian Rosenberg.

“Being president of Macalester isn’t just a job; it’s a lifestyle,” says Rosenberg. “But this is the best job in the world.”

There’s no rest for the weary in Rosenberg’s world. He sleeps in a Macalester club tie and wakes to bagpipes blaring through his alarm clock. Then he’s off to clear snow, make deliveries, and lead campus tours. He takes meals with students, poses for a studio art class, appears as the school mascot, and gamely participates in school fundraising.

And President Rosenberg is a master fundraiser. Last President’s Day, he called more than 18,000 alumni, parents, and friends—all at the same time—as part of a massive fundraising effort which ultimately brought in $156 million in gifts and pledges to the college.

A Charles Dickens scholar, Rosenberg began his career at The Cooper Union in New York and passed through Allegheny College and Lawrence University on his way to Macalester. But as the 16th president of Macalester, Rosenberg has clearly found a home in Saint Paul.

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