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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

February 13, 2012

— By Tami Warshawsky —

As a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies Program at Spertus Institute, I was thrilled to read Howard Reich's article ("Spertus Institute Reinvents Itself", A&E, Jan. 27) that highlights the work of Spertus president Hal Lewis, who has "steered the institution through very precarious waters".

It's rare for a student to have the opportunity to get to know the president of a university or institution such as Spertus, however in addition to being the president, Hal Lewis happens to be an extraordinary educator. His course on becoming an effective Jewish leader covers the concepts of governance, management, and leadership. It should be required for all leaders.

Hal stated that the best piece of leadership advice he ever received was from Marty Linsky, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School: "What's your piece of the mess?" Leadership, Hal cautions, begins and ends with personal accountability.

Chicago is fortunate to have this brilliant and creative thinker in its midst. With him at the helm, I believe that Spertus will become an even more valuable institution of learning in our city, and I look forward to watching the institution flourish in the years ahead.

--Tami Warshawsky, director of marketing and communications, Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago

Monday, February 13, 2012