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Our say: Nelson's leadership has been vital to St. John's

Capital Gazette
April 23, 2016 

Annapolis is blessed. How many other places of its size can say they are home to not one but two great institutions of higher learning that — in contrasting ways — strengthen American culture?

The Naval Academy, year after year and decade after decade, inculcates leadership by linking knowledge with duty, honor, patriotism and teamwork. Meanwhile, St. John's College — a liberal arts institution par excellence — insists on the importance of direct and collaborative study of the foundational works of Western civilization, from Homer through Alexis de Toqueville.

Naval Academy superintendents rotate in and out in a few years. But at St. John's, Christopher B. Nelson has been president for a quarter-century, perhaps long enough for his leadership both at the college and in the community — he has been a valued member of many local commissions, boards and committees — to be taken for granted.

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