VP discusses new ‘Relevant University’ radio program on WJR

June 28, 2011 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham



Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity, was a guest Tuesday morning on the Paul W. Smith Show on News/Talk WJR 760 AM discussing the new radio program, “The Relevant University.”

Burns spoke with Steve Courtney, who was filling in for Smith, about the new radio show that succeeds the successful “Environmentally Sound” and broadens the conversation beyond sustainability to all the ways higher education impacts our world.

“We felt that universities are becoming such an important element of our communities, be it economic development or first-generation students, that we needed to broaden the topic base. So that’s what we’re doing with ‘The Relevant University.’ We are going to cover everything from athletics to economic development to new courses at universities around the country and around the world,” Burns said in the interview, which aired at 6:50 a.m.

To listen to the segment, click here.

The first episode of “The Relevant University” will air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, with a panel of university presidents as the first guests: UT President Lloyd Jacobs, East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard, Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao and University of Notre Dame President the Rev. John Jenkins.

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