350 out of 4,150 college presidents sign gun control letter

Arne Duncan stands with college presidents, mayors, students and others to call for gun control.
Arne Duncan stands with college presidents, mayors, students and others to call for gun control.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, appearing today with college presidents, students, administrations and mayors to demand congressional action to curb gun violence, said Congress needs to be forced by Americans outside Washington D.C. to do the right thing.

Duncan appeared on Capitol Hill with leaders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the United States Student Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and College Presidents for Gun Safety.

“I don’t know of a time when so many college and university presidents have spoken collectively, with one voice, on any issue of such public importance,” Oglethorpe University President Lawrence Schall said at the press conference.

The group of college presidents was created after the deadly shootings of 20 students and six teachers in Newtown, Conn., in December. It published an open letter to U.S. policy leaders urging them to:

* Oppose legislation allowing guns on school campuses

* End the “gun show loophole,” which allows people to buy guns from unlicensed sellers without a criminal background check
* Ban military-style semi-automatic assault weapons along with high-capacity ammunition magazines
* Require consumer safety standards for all guns, such as safety locks
As John Merrow notes in this blogpost, the percentage of college presidents signing the open letter is not large. When he wrote the blogpost less than a week ago, more than 330 presidents had signed, “almost all of them the leaders of private institutions (perhaps because they don’t have to answer to governors and legislatures).” He said:

Is that a homerun? Depends on how you count, it seems to me. America has about 4,150 colleges and universities, which means that just under 8 percent have signed the letter. However, given that it’s tough for the presidents of public institutions to step out on this limb, we ought to consider the universe of private institutions, some 2,450 in all. That brings the number to just over 13%.

Some public university presidents did sign, including this show of force in Maryland: Wallace D. Loh of the University of Maryland College Park; Juliette B. Bell of University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Javier Miyares of University of Maryland University College; Jay A. Perman of University of Maryland Baltimore; and Freeman A. Hrabowski III of University of Maryland of Baltimore County; David Wilson of Morgan State University; Joseph Urgo of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Janet Dudley-Eshbach of Salisbury University.

Now 350-plus presidents have signed but, still, while the number is growing, there isn’t a big rush to sign it.
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Who did and who didn’t?  Here’s the list of presidents who did sign the letter:

Lawrence M. Schall, Oglethorpe University (GA)
Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (GA)
Robert A. Scott, Adelphi University (NY)
Raymond E. Crossman, Adler School of Professional Psychology (IL)
James Gozzo, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (NY)
Donna Randall, Albion College (MI)
Lex McMillan, Albright College (PA)
James H. Mullen, Jr., Allegheny College (PA)
Jerry D. Durham, Allen College (IA)
Jeff Abernathy, Alma College (MI)
Tom Flynn, Alvernia University (PA)
Mary Meehan, Alverno College (WI)
Molly Corbett Broad, American Council on Education (DC)
Biddy Martin, Amherst College (MA)
James Edwards, Anderson University (IN)
David Seyle, Andrew College (GA)
Jack P. Calareso, Anna Maria College (MA)
Francesco Cesareo, Assumption College (MA)
Steven Bahls, Augustana College (IL)
Rebecca Sherrick, Aurora University (IL)
Marjorie Hass, Austin College (TX)
Ron Slepitza, Avila University (MO)
Leonard Schlesinger, Babson College (MA)
JoAnn Gora, Ball State University (IN)
Debora Spar, Barnard College (NY)
Clayton Spencer, Bates College (ME)
Mary Hawkins, Bellevue University (NE)
Elizabeth Coleman, Bennington College (VT)
Roger H. Brown, Berklee College of Music (MA)
Scott D. Miller, Bethany College (WV)
Charles Krulak, Birmingham Southern College (AL)
Miriam Pride, Blackburn College (IL)
Richard A. Levao, Bloomfield College (NJ)
Barry Mills, Bowdoin College (ME)
Ed Schrader, Brenau University (GA)
Larry Hostetter, Brescia University (KY)
Kristin King, Bryn Athyn College (PA)
Jane McAuliffe, Bryn Mawr College (PA)
John Bravman, Bucknell University (PA)
Christine Plunkett, Burlington College (VT)
James M. Danko, Butler University (IN)
Nancy H. Blattner, Caldwell College (NJ)
Stephen Beal, California College of the Arts (CA)
Steven Lavine, California Institute of the Arts (CA)
Joseph L. Subbiondo, California Institute of Integral Studies (CA)
Daniel Lowery, Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN)
Deborah C. Jackson, Cambridge College (MA)
John L. Cox, Cape Cod Community College (MA)
James P. Loftus, Cardinal Stritch University (WI)
Mary Hines, Carlow University (PA)
Faye Pappalardo, Carroll Community College (MD)
J. Randall O’Brien, Carson-Newman College (TN)
Gregory Woodward, Carthage College (WI)
B. David Rowe, Centenary College (LA)
John Roush, Centre College (KY)
Esther L. Barazzone, Chatham University (PA)
Michele Nealon-Woods, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CA)
John Smarrelli Jr., Christian Brothers University (TN)
Pamela Brooks Gann, Claremont McKenna College (CA)
Robert Walton, Claremont University Consortium (CA)
Carlton E. Brown, Clark Atlanta University (GA)
Larry Galizio, Clatsop Community College (OR)
James Phifer, Coe College (IA)
Robert Wyatt, Coker College (SC)
William D. Adams, Colby College (ME)
Marvin A. McMickle, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (NY)
John R. Halstead, The College at Brockport State University of New York (NY)
Darron Collins, College of the Atlantic (ME)
MaryAnn Baenninger, College of Saint Benedict (MN)
Francis Raftery, College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)
Maryanne Stevens, College of Saint Mary (NE)
Bradley M. Gottfried, College of Southern Maryland (MD)
Jill Tiefenthaler, Colorado College (CO)
Steve Hayner, Columbia Theological Seminary (GA)
Dennison W. Griffith, Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)
Viji George, Concordia College New York (NY)
William J. Craft, Concordia College (MN)
Charles Schlimpert, Concordia University (OR)
John Johnson, Concordia University Chicago (IL)
Leo I. Higdon, Jr., Connecticut College (CT)
Elizabeth A. Fleming, Converse College (SC)
Fred Bollerer, Corcoran College of Art + Design (DC)
Jonathan Brand, Cornell College (IA)
Richard Valentine, Culver-Stockton College (MO)
Carol E. Quillen, Davidson College (NC)
Michael Mihalyo, Davis & Elkins College (WV)
Paula Rooney, Dean College (MA)
Jean Goodnow, Delta College (MI)
Dale T. Knobel, Denison University (OH)
Brian Casey, DePauw University (IN)
William G. Durden, Dickinson College (PA)
Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University (LA)
Timothy Lenchak, Divine Word College (IA)
David Maxwell, Drake University (IA)
Vivian A. Bull, Drew University (NJ)
Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University (PA)
David Dawson, Earlham College (IN)
Loren Swartzendruber, Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
Donald Eastman, Eckerd College (FL)
Carl J. Strikwerda, Elizabethtown College (PA)
Alan Ray, Elmhurst College (IL)
Lee Pelton, Emerson College (MA)
Rosalind Reichard, Emory & Henry College (VA)
J. David Arnold, Eureka College (IL)
John Ebersole, Excelsior College (NY)
Sheldon Drucker, Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)
Jennifer L. Braaten, Ferrum College (VA)
Richard Meyers, Fielding Graduate University (CA)
William T Abare, Flagler College (FL)
Joseph McShane, Fordham University (NY)
Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary (CA)
T. Alan Hurwitz, Gallaudet University (DC)
Keith Taylor, Gannon University (PA)
Janet Morgan Riggs, Gettysburg College (PA)
Barbara Vacarr, Goddard College (VT)
Mark Scheinberg, Goodwin College (CT)
James Brenneman, Goshen College (IN)
Sanford J. Ungar, Goucher College (MD)
John Sellars, Graceland University (IA)
Paul J. Fonteyn, Green Mountain College (VT)
Raynard S. Kington, Grinnell College (IA)
Kathleen Owens, Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA)
Joan Hinde Stewart, Hamilton College (NY)
Sue DeWine, Hanover College (IN)
Dennis Golladay, Harford Community College (MD)
Margaret Drugovich, Hartwick College (NY)
Maria M. Klawe, Harvey Mudd College (CA)
Joanne V. Creighton, Haverford College (PA)
Mark D. Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
Nancy Oliver Gray, Hollins University (VA)
J. Cameron West, Huntingdon College (AL)
Axel Steuer, Illinois College (IL)
Jerry Corcoran, Illinois Valley Community College (IL)
John L. Anderson, Illinois Institute of Technology, (IL)
Richard F. Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)
Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Kalamazoo College (MI)
Jacqueline Chanda, Kansas City Art Institute (MO)
S. Georgia Nugent, Kenyon College (OH)
Charles Scriven, Kettering College (OH)
Jorge Díaz-Herrera, Keuka College (NY)
John Ryan, King’s College (PA)
Teresa L. Amott, Knox College (IL)
Candace Introcaso, La Roche College (PA)
Daniel H. Weiss, Lafayette College (PA)
Jonathan Burke, Laguna College of Art and Design (CA)
Michael T. Victor, Lake Erie College (OH)
Stephen D. Schutt, Lake Forest College (IL)
Jill Beck, Lawrence University (WI)
Joseph Moore, Lesley University (MA)
Walt Griffin, Limestone College (SC)
David Steinberg, Long Island University (NY)
Jim Collins, Loras College (IA)
Mark LaBranche, Louisburg College (NC)
David Burcham, Loyola Marymount University (CA)
Brian F. Linnane, Loyola University Maryland (MD)
Richard L. Torgerson, Luther College (IA)
Brian Rosenberg, Macalester College (MN)
Rose Marie Kujawa, Madonna University (MI)
Donald Tuski, Maine College of Art (ME)
Jo Young Switzer, Manchester University (IN)
Brennan O’Donnell, Manhattan College (NY)
Jon C. Strauss, Manhattanville College (NY)
Fred Lazarus, Maryland Institute College of Art (MD)
Joseph W. Bruno, Marietta College (OH)
Judson R. Shaver, Marymount Manhattan College (NY)
Dawn Oxenaar Barrett, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MA)
James M. Dennis, McKendree University (IL)
Richard Jurasek, Medaille College (NY)
Tom Gamble, Mercyhurst University (PA)
Jo Allen, Meredith College (NC)
Janis Bellack, MGH Institute of Health Professions (MA)
Ronald D. Liebowitz, Middlebury College (VT)
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, Mills College (CA)
Rob Pearigen, Millsaps College (MS)
Neil Hoffman, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (WI)
Jay Coogan, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)
Michael Macdowell, Misericordia University (PA)
Mary Ellen Jukoski, Mitchell College (CT)
Stephen D. Immerman, Montserrat College of Art (MA)
Cecilia Fitzgibbon, Moore College of Art and Design (PA)
Robert Franklin, Morehouse College (GA)
David Wilson, Morgan State University (MD)
John Reynders, Morningside College (IA)
Lynn Pasquerella, Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Joseph N. Benoit, Mount Marty College (SD)
Christopher Blake, Mount Mercy University (IA)
Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount St. Mary’s College (CA)
Thomas H. Powell, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MD)
Peyton Helm, Muhlenberg College (PA)
David Schleich, National College of Natural Medicine (OR)
Daan Braveman, Nazareth College (NY)
Frederik Ohles, Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)
Noreen M. Carrocci, Newman University (KS)
Michael A. Miller, Northland College (WI)
Andrew P. Roth, Notre Dame College (OH)
Judith Maxwell Greig, Notre Dame de Namur University (CA)
James Conneely, Notre Dame of Maryland University (MD)
Marvin Krislov, Oberlin College (OH)
Jonathan Veitch, Occidental College (CA)
Rock Jones, Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)
Samuel Hoi, Otis College of Art and Design (CA)
Kathy A. Krendl, Otterbein University (OH)
Sandra Harper, Our Lady of the Lake College (LA)
Thomas W. Krise, Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
Thomas Manley, Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)
Ezat Parnia, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (CA)
Riess Potterveld, Pacific School of Religion (CA)
Michael H. Droge, Park University (MO)
James Mellichamp, Piedmont College (GA)
Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College (CA)
Paul Hennigan, Point Park University (PA)
David Oxtoby, Pomona College (CA)
Claude C. Lilly, Presbyterian College (SC)
Kristin Woolever, Prescott College (AZ)
Robert A. Gervasi, Quincy University (IL)
Eli Rabinowitz, Rabbinical Academy Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin (NY)
Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt University (GA)
John Maeda, Rhode Island School of Design(RI)
William Troutt, Rhodes College (TN)
Zach P. Messitte, Ripon College (WI)
Gregory Dell’Omo, Robert Morris University (PA)
Thomas Curran, Rockhurst University (MO)
Donald Farish, Roger Williams University (RI)
Charles R. Middleton, Roosevelt University (IL)
Julie Scott, Rose Croix University International (CA)
John Petillo, Sacred Heart University (CT)
Rev. Jonathan DeFelice O.S.B, Saint Anselm College (NH)
Jim Dlugos, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (ME)
Carol Ann Mooney, Saint Mary’s College (IN)
Dottie King, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN)
Myron F. McCoy, Saint Paul School of Theology (MO)
Eugene J. Cornacchia, Saint Peter’s University (NJ)
Br. Norman Hipps, Saint Vincent College (PA)
Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Salisbury University (MD)
Jane Gerety, Salve Regina University (RI)
Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Art Institute (CA)
Karen Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence College (NY)
Tim Summerlin, Schreiner University (TX)
Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps College (CA)
Daniel J. Martin, Seattle Pacific University (WA)
John McCardell, Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)
Fr. Kevin J. Mullen, Siena College (NY)
George Arnold, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family (WI)
Philip A. Glotzbach, Skidmore College (NY)
Carol Christ, Smith College (MA)
Ronald G. Cantor, Southern Maine Community College (ME)
Paul LeBlanc, Southern New Hampshire University (NH)
Todd S. Voss, Southern Wesleyan University (SC)
Paul Mittman, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Science (AZ)
W. Richard Merriman, Jr., Southwestern College (KS)
Jake B. Schrum, Southwestern University (TX)
Colleen Perry Keith, Spartanburg Methodist College (SC)
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College (GA)
Richard P. Salmi, Spring Hill College (AL)
Richard B. Flynn, Springfield College (MA)
Andrea Lee , St. Catherine University (MN)
Donald E. Bain, St. John Fisher College (NY)
Michael Peters, St. John’s College (NM)
William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University (NY)
Joseph Urgo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (MD)
Martha K. Shouldis, St. Vincent’s College (CT)
Virginia Schaefer Horvath, State University of New York at Fredonia (NY)
Christopher C. Dahl, State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)
Dianne Lynch, Stephens College (MO)
Kevin J. Manning, Stevenson University (MD)
Mark Cregan, Stonehill College (MA)
L. Jay Lemons, Susquehanna University (PA)
Rebecca Chopp, Swarthmore College (PA)
Jo Ellen Parker, Sweet Briar College (VA)
Susan Fuhrman, Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
Judith Huntington, The College of New Rochelle (NY)
Grant H. Cornwell, The College of Wooster (OH)
Susan Scrimshaw, The Sage Colleges (NY)
Maravene Loeschke, Towson University (MD)
R. Owen Williams, Transylvania University (KY)
Bonnie Patterson-Cammon, Trent University (LA)
James Jones, Trinity College (CT)
Dennis A. Ahlburg, Trinity University (TX)
Pat McGuire, Trinity Washington University (DC)
Bassam Deeb, Trocaire College (NY)
Stephen C. Ainlay, Union College (NY)
Margaret M. McMenamin, Union County College (NJ)
Roger H. Sublett, Union Institute & University (OH)
Brian K. Blount, Union Presbyterian Seminary(VA)
Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary (NY)
Stephen Mulkey, Unity College (ME)
Sean Buffington, The University of the Arts (PA)
Margaret Stallmeyer, Thomas More College (KY)
Beverly Hogan, Tougaloo College (MS)
Neil Albert Salonen, University of Bridgeport (CT)
Ed Welch, University of Charleston (WV)
Thomas W. Keefe, University of Dallas (TX)
Thomas A. Kazee, University of Evansville (IN)
Walter Harrison, University of Hartford (CT)
Devorah Lieberman, University of La Verne (CA)
Jay A. Perman, University of Maryland Baltimore (MD)
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, University of Maryland of Baltimore County (MD)
Wallace D. Loh, University of Maryland College Park (MD)
Juliette B. Bell, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MD)
Javier Miyares, University of Maryland University College (MD)
Divina Grossman, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami (FL)
Richard Giese, University of Mount Union (OH)
Marc A. Johnson, University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
Danielle Ripich, University of New England (ME)
Steven H. Kaplan, University of New Haven (CT)
Peter J. Fos, The University of New Orleans (LA)
E. William Beauchamp, University of Portland (OR)
Ronald R. Thomas, University of Puget Sound (WA)
Pamela Trotman Reid, University of Saint Joseph (CT)
Stephen Privett, University of San Francisco (CA)
Gary A. Dill, University of the Southwest (NM)
Steadman Upham, The University of Tulsa (OK)
Bobby Fong, Ursinus College (PA)
Diana Stano, Ursuline College (OH)
Marc Mihaly, Vermont Law School (VT)
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, Villanova University (PA)
E. Clorisa Phillips, Virginia Intermont College(VA)
Patrick E. White, Wabash College (IN)
Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest University (NC)
Tori Haring-Smith, Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
Weymouth Spence, Washington Adventist University (MD)
Kenneth P. Ruscio, Washington and Lee University (VA)
Mitchell Reiss, Washington College (MD)
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Wells College (NY)
Jim Richardson, Wenatchee Valley College (WA)
Ruth A. Knox, Wesleyan College (GA)
Michael Roth, Wesleyan University (CT)
Joseph N. Hankin, Westchester Community College in the State University of New York (NY)
George B. Forsythe, Westminster College (MO)
Richard H. Dorman, Westminster College (PA)
Philip G. Ryken, Wheaton College (IL)
Ronald A. Crutcher, Wheaton College (MA)
Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Wheelock College (MA)
George Bridges, Whitman College (WA)
Sharon Herzberger, Whittier College (CA)
David Sallee, William Jewell College (MO)
Kathleen Waldron, William Paterson University (NJ)
Barbara Mistick, Wilson College (PA)
Anthony DiGiorgio, Winthrop University (SC)
Benjamin Dunlap, Wofford College (SC)
Luís María R. Calingo, Woodbury University (CA)
Norman C. Francis, Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)

 

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