Mike Allen: New president weighs Barry University growth trajectory
On Friday, Mike Allen celebrated one month as Barry University’s seventh president, a role and responsibility he treats with patient optimism and deep respect. As the first man and layperson to earn the position, he acknowledged that he’s made history but said it pales compared to honoring the school’s history and duly serving its students, faculty and surrounding communities.
“We’ve been around since 1940, so the board of trustees and everybody on campus wants to make sure we get this right,” he said. “I knew from the get-go there were a lot of strong points of connection between Barry and myself and why I’d be a good fit. By the time [I got the job] the strength of the community, the people and the enthusiasm here really resonated with me, and my own enthusiasm and excitement for taking on this position are right where they need to be.”
Barry University has strong foundations and he plans to build on them while not losing sight of what makes the school unique among its local and national peers.
It’s a delicate balancing act, he said, but he’s up to the challenge.
“I’m going to embrace the things they put in place [and what] we do well,” he said. “At the same time, we have to look to the future and position ourselves to thrive as an institution for decades to come.”
Dr. Allen sat down with Miami Today reporter Jesse Scheckner. Watch the interview, recorded by Jahmoukie Dayle.
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