Steve Gunderson is a truly inviting and engaging guy to interview. Perhaps his easy style is the result of 16 years spent as a congressman from Wisconsin to the House of Representatives; but I suspect it is the reverse; he made a natural public servant because of his plain-spoken and honest manner.

Gunderson as the new president of APSCU (as of February 2012) seems to relishing the new role. And that straightforward manner I mentioned is making its way into his policy and vision as he begins to settle into the presidential seat. It is good to hear him expressing an attitude of openness and a desire to see greater transparency for the private sector institutions that are members of APSCU. He exposes an attitude of "opening the door" to the public with a desire to let everyone in to see the work of these institutions.

Likewise, he is reaching out to other higher education leaders and starting the process of building bridges between the different sectors -- pointing out a resumed membership in ACE and mentioning the inclusion of various organizations in APSCU blue-ribbon leadership panels. On the whole, it is respectable and refreshing to see this and encouraging for higher education to have leadership interested improving relationships rather than pointing fingers.

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