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April 3, 2024
Hartwick College and their Culture of Health and Wellness

Hartwick College and their Culture of Health and Wellness

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About the Episode

About the Episode: Join host Dr. Bryan Gross in this deeply personal and inspiring episode of Visionary Voices: The College President’s Playbook as he sits down with President Jim Mullen and his colleagues - the senior leaders of Hartwick College. This episode delves into the heart of the college's unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of health and wellness, both academically and beyond the classroom walls.

Guests share candid reflections on their journeys to Hartwick and the profound impact of its community-driven ethos. From the outset, it's evident that Hartwick College isn't just a place of higher learning; it's a beacon of support and empowerment. Through rich dialogue, Dr. Gross and his guests illuminate what it means when there is true joy in being collaborative partners and friends at the senior leadership level. 

Discover the secrets behind building resilient teams and nurturing a faculty culture that thrives on collaboration and mutual respect. Learn firsthand about the transformative power of networking and the profound importance of having a personal mission in higher education.

But this episode isn't just about professional insights; it's about the human experience of leading and learning. Dr. Gross and his guests peel back the layers to reveal the joys and challenges of serving as stewards of Hartwick's legacy. From navigating complexities to celebrating triumphs, they offer a rare glimpse into the soul of a college president.

As the conversation unfolds, the essence of Hartwick College comes to life through the lens of its leaders. And what better way to capture that essence than through music? Stay tuned as Bryan and his guests share heartfelt song selections that encapsulate the spirit of Hartwick, leaving listeners inspired and uplifted.

Tune in to "A Culture of Health and Wellness at Hartwick College" and immerse yourself in a journey of discovery, passion, and purpose.

About the Show: This show explores a range of critical topics, from navigating financial challenges and embracing technological innovation to fostering student success and promoting diversity and inclusion. Featuring in-depth case studies and a focus on transformative strategies, the podcast is a valuable resource for current and aspiring leaders in academia, offering a playbook of visionary ideas and practical solutions for the ever-evolving landscape of higher education.

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Dr. Bryan Gross

About The Enrollify Podcast Network: Visionary Voices: The College President’s Playbook is a part of the Enrollify Podcast Network. If you like this podcast, chances are you’ll like other Enrollify shows too!  

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Dr. Bryan Gross is the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Athletics at Hartwick College. and the host of Visionary Voices.


James H. Mullen, Jr.

James H. Mullen, Jr. became Hartwick’s interim president in December 2023, bringing over 21 years as a college and university president and 30 years of experience in public and private higher education leadership positions to Hartwick College.

James Kellerhouse

James Kellerhouse serves as a member of the Hartwick’s Senior Leadership Team, he leads the College’s individual, corporate and foundation fundraising; donor stewardship; student career development & network engagement; and governmental and alumni relations efforts. He also leads Hartwick’s comprehensive $50M fundraising campaign in support of FlightPath, the College’s innovative approach to supporting student success through immersion in a future-focused curriculum that is reinforced by robust mentoring and career preparation.

Gail Glover

Gail Glover joined the Hartwick College community in 2022 to serve as vice president for strategic communications. She leads internal and external communications and marketing activities, and facilitates the College's brand vision, positioning strategy, licensing, marketing and public relations campaigns. Before joining Hartwick, Glover played a leadership role at Dutchess Community College, overseeing marketing, social media, publications, video and photography, media relations, issues management, public relations and web activities. Highlights included developing and implementing marketing and promotion strategies for the launch of two new programs and two new satellite locations.

Laurel Bongiorno

Dr. Laurel Bongiorno serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Hartwick College. She oversees the college’s faculty and academic staff, the Yager Museum, the Pine Lake Environmental Campus, the Stevens-German Library, the Student Success Center, the Registrar’s Office, and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Her scholarship is focused on early childhood education, learning through play, creativity, and educational leadership.

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