The recent student unrest and its aftermath at The Evergreen State College in Olympia is the subject of a piece in the most recent edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The story states that Evergreen hired a crisis-management firm over the summer to help prepare for a major drop in student enrollment. It also talks about how college president George Bridges, who was the target of harsh criticism from all over the country over the way he handled the events, is coping with everything.
Bridges, who has been at the college’s helm since Oct. 1, 2015, said that he began feeling broken during the summer, and was having trouble thinking through problems, making decisions and staying upbeat.
“Something wasn’t working quite right,” Bridges told the Chronicle. “I just didn’t feel right.”
The story states that Bridges started talking to a psychologist, and is still working it out.
“It’s the exposure of your personal character to vilification that is perhaps the hardest piece,” Bridges said. “That’s where the trauma comes from — for me at least. It wasn’t the students. I really believe that.”