Sheila Bair’s One Weird Trick to Make Her College Less White

Recruiting students of color can be as hard as getting them to stay. Bair’s solution? The buddy system.

Washington College President Sheila Bair greets students before convocation.

Photographer: Jared Soares for Bloomberg

When former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chair Sheila Bair took over Washington College last year, she immediately started making changes. One of her goals was to find innovative ways to reduce her students’ debt burden. But she also tackled a related and not insignificant problem: the overwhelming whiteness of her campus.

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