Podcast: A Time of Transitions

Photo of John Jones and Margee Ensign standing behind a podium.

Board Chair John E. Jones III '77, P'11, and President Margee Ensign at a Graduate Recognition Ceremony on May 15, 2021. Photo by Dan Loh.


We’ll discuss the transition of leadership from Dickinson College President Margee Ensign to incoming interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11. Ensign will be returning to the presidency of the American University of Nigeria, while Jones will resign from the bench as chief judge of the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania. He will also leave his position as chair of Dickinson’s Board of Trustees to become interim president.

Plus, leaders of Carlisle’s Community Action Network (CAN) share the impact Ensign has had on the local community. You also can listen to our podcast about CAN’s public health initiative during the height of the pandemic.

Also, puzzlemaster and Associate Professor of Mathematics Jeff Forrester reveals the answer to last episode’s question and sends you looking for an “American Picker” in his latest puzzle, and members of the class of 2021 share what they’ll be doing after Commencement.



A Time of Transitions

We talk with departing Dickinson President Margee Ensign and incoming interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, about the college’s leadership transition.

Puzzler: “The American Picker”

“Thank heavens for the collectors! It’s often their passion, their commitment, their love that enriches our lives in surprising ways,” says Associate Professor of Mathematics Jeff Forrester. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our mystery collector, though he’s much more than just that. Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, he found an unquenchable love for the outdoors that burned his whole life. A naturalist at heart, I’m sure you could have found him on Dickinson’s campus reading Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, if it had been written 110 years earlier, of course. Tutored as a youth on making proper sketches by Audubon himself, he went on to make important contributions to ornithology, ichthyology and herpetology with a special focus on their proper curation. His energy and expertise eventually led to administrative appointments where he was an early proponent of conservation policies protecting coastlines and fisheries. His true love, however, remained travelling in North America and collecting natural specimens. By the time of his death, he had presided over an unprecedented expansion and transformation of the natural history collections in the U.S., a legacy we can all share today. And what visitor might we find at his final resting place as the sun rises over the sky in Georgetown? An eponymous sandpiper or sparrow perhaps, come to pay their respects.”

Listen to the new question at the 2:03 mark below.

Email your answer to thegood@dickinson.edu for a chance to win some Dickinson swag!

Beyond the Limestone: Class of 2021

Members of the class of 2021 tell us their post-Commencement plans. Read more about their success in the “Life Beyond the Limestone” pages.

The Good is produced by Craig Layne and Christine Baksi in association with Dickinson College's Office of Marketing & Communications. Craig Layne is the host. The podcast's theme music was composed by Jong Ho Choi '18

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Published May 26, 2021