TLL Interview With President Stokes

President Stokes with Vera Jo at a WBB Practice
Photo by Joe Auletta

Joe:  I’ve noticed you have been to a lot of the women’s games.  Are you a women’s basketball fan, a sports fan, or do you feel that this is part of your responsibilities as President?

President Stokes:  I would say it probably a little bit of all of those. I have come to enjoy women’s basketball in particular as I’ve been in leadership roles in my last few institutions.  I enjoy collegiate sports in general.  I am not a tremendously avid fan of every sport, but I value the role of athletics at universities and value supporting student athletes.  There is a little bit of it that I think is perhaps the role of the President supporting the many ways that our students are engaged on a campus.  But the reality is that a President can’t get to everything that our students do.  We have many things inside and outside of athletics where our students are engaged in something where they are excelling.  I try to get to as many different things as possible.

Joe:  What do you think that role of athletics is at school?

President Stokes:  Well, that has been an interesting evolution over time.  I think athletics and its place at universities has been changing and in many places, sports are such big time economically in terms of visibility for institutions that it can be hard to seek the proper balance between the other missions of the university and the place of athletics as a window into the

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