Episode Summary: Rick Koubek

Richard Koubek grew up in Illinois and attended community college, but eventually rose to become department chair at Penn State, Dean and then Provost at LSU, and Michigan Tech’s tenth president in 2018, where he has led MTU to record enrollment, research grants, and donations. His take-aways: sometimes you have to sit on the bench and let your people take over; assume the best of people until they prove otherwise; hire for character, and sell the mission, not the salary; and when in doubt, trust your values.

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