Trevor Glanville ’14 to Moderate Inaugural Panel Featuring Former Presidents
When Moravian College Student Trustee Trevor Glanville ’14 sought advice on how to moderate next month’s Inaugural panel discussion, featuring three Moravian past presidents, he used two resources readily available to him: current President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 and … YouTube.
At Grigsby’s recommendation, Glanville has studied videos of Charles Gibson, a former ABC News broadcast television anchor and host of several U.S. presidential debates. If Glanville comes off as cool, calm and collected on stage, YouTube users like “Hobobob10” and “videocafeblog” are to thank for uploading video of Gibson in action with politicians George W. Bush, John Kerry and Mitt Romney.
As Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary formally celebrates the installation of Grigsby, the institutions will host a truly one-of-a-kind event April 11 panel, titled “The Moravian Presidency, 1969-2014: Challenges of Higher Education.” The panel, which features Herman E. Collier Jr., Roger H. Martin and Christopher M. Thomforde, will allow past Moravian presidents to discuss the College’s past 45 years of leadership, while also sharing their opinions on the current state of higher education. The event begins at 8 p.m. in the HUB’s Prosser Auditorium.
Glanville, a nursing major, wants the panel to serve not as a debate, but as a discussion and conversation, highlighting a myriad of topics of interest to the Moravian College community, especially its current students and recent alumni.
“We really want to give these former presidents an opportunity to discuss their tenures, highlighting the different challenges they faced and how they addressed them,” Glanville said. “At the same time, we want them to discuss how the College and higher education have changed since they were president.”
Glanville expects to hit on topics such as the College’s social scene and finances, as well as more open-ended discussion points like how a liberal arts education has evolved over time. “I really want to hear their thoughts on what it was like, and what the liberal arts have become,” he added.
In collaboration with Scott Hughes, the College’s chief information officer, Glanville expects the College to integrate a live Twitter feed into the panel discussion, allowing attendees – as well as Twitter followers – to present questions to the panelists.
I just want to direct a few questions and see where it takes us. I want it to be fun, relaxed and to have a simple discussion.”
– Trevor Glanville ’14
“I am hoping not to talk much,” Glanville laughed. “I just want to direct a few questions and see where it takes us. I want it to be fun, relaxed and to have a simple discussion.”
Glanville said he jumped at the opportunity to moderate the panel, noting he has experience in front of an audience. Thanks to an internship in Washington, D.C. with the Men’s Health Network, a position he found through Scott Williams ’04, Glanville became comfortable on stage. “But this will also be the first time I have tried to organize a panel discussion, with former college presidents, so it is a bit intimidating,” he added.
The senior hopes that by keeping the conversation, well, conversational, the event will be of interest to all attendees. “Hopefully, we will cover a wide gambit of topics that will touch on everyone’s interests,” he said.
Attendees will also get to see if Glanville pulls off his best Gibson impersonation. “I’m as nervous as you can be,” he laughed. “If you think that I’m confident up there that means I did a good job because nothing will be further from the truth.”
For more information about the Moravian’s Inauguration, including details about the schedule, contact the Inaugural Office at 610-861-1467. Or visit the Inaugural website, www.moravian.edu/inauguration.
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