Esther Barazzone describes the latter part of the transformation she led at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. In a whirlwind of activity in 2007-08, Chatham changed its status from a college to a university, to reflect the fact that a majority of its students were in graduate programs, and then made two major acquisitions – an $18 million investment in a 300,000+ sq. ft old manufacturing building in a struggling neighborhood 1-mile from its Shadyside Campus that became home to its graduate health science and interior architecture programs and the gift of 388-acre Eden Hall Farm, that was transformed over the next 8 years into the world’s greenest campus and the home for the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment. The final chapter in Barazzone’s transformation of Chatham came in 2014-15, with the difficult decision that the only way to save the undergraduate college was for it go all-gender. Barazzone describes the careful planning that went into the successful co-ed transition and offers her lessons from her 24-year career for new college presidents.
David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.