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Elliot Hirshman

Daily Record Staff//April 28, 2023

Elliot Hirshman

By Daily Record Staff

//April 28, 2023


Higher Education Power ListElliot Hirshman

President, Stevenson University

Elliot Hirshman became the seventh president at Stevenson University in 2017. With more than 30 years in higher education, he served as president of San Diego State University from 2011 to 2017 and as a Provost and Senior Vice President at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County from 2008 to 2011.

What is the biggest challenge facing higher education?

The rapidly accelerating pace of technological change across many sectors from communications to medical research to artificial intelligence is one of the greatest challenges and greatest opportunities for higher education at this pivotal moment. How we guide the next generation in understanding and appropriately applying multiple developing technologies to enhance human welfare and economic prosperity will shape our shared future in profound ways.

What is the most encouraging new development in higher education?

Traditionally, higher education has highlighted the distinction between career-focused and general education. Since our founding, Stevenson has integrated these traditions to benefit our students. More and more institutions recognize the importance of this integration, and we are proud to be advancing new approaches to career-focused education including professional minors, applied doctorates and new degrees in biomedical engineering, health care management and cybersecurity and digital forensics.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Higher Education Power List for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at

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