The Durden Years: A-Z
by Michelle Simmons
April 11, 2013
When the editorial team sat down to plan our unofficial William G. Durden '71 special issue, we began with a timeline and some high points that we wanted to hit in a standard narrative. As the list of high points grew (and grew), we realized that no single narrative could tell the story of Dickinson's transformation during President Durden's 14-year tenure.
Rather, there were multiple narratives; we settled on 26, to be exact. And like most Dickinson projects, "The Durden Years: A-Z" is the result of imaginative collaboration: We asked students, faculty, alumni, administrators and staff to weigh in on their Durden moments. As a result, the following pages reflect a diversity of views, as well as Durden's spirit of connecting with the past while aiming for the future. And at the center is not just one man but a vital, thriving community perched on the edge of possibility. -Michelle Simmons
P.S. This is by no means The Definitive Durden, and we invite you to send your own A-Z list to email@example.com. We'll add it to the full list on the magazine's Web site.