Interview with Dr. McGee

By: Summer Wu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

In an e-mail sent to the IMSA community on February 27th, President Dr. McGee made an unexpected announcement: “I will be moving on along with our magnificent seniors as today I announced my retirement effective June 30, 2013.” 

Some became somber, others were confused, and everyone was shocked. To find out more, Acronym conducted an interview and asked him the following questions:

  1. I know that a lot of students, staff, and other members of the IMSA community are very sad and surprised to see you go- in your e-mail you mentioned personal and family reasons- if you’re at the liberty to share with us, is it possible for you to tell us a little bit more? (00:18)
  2. You obviously have a huge presence on campus, and without you here, there’s going to be a noticeable difference. I’ve spoken with many students, but I’ve also spoken with faculty members, and it seems that everyone is a little uncertain about change. What are your plans to reduce the unease of the faculty and staff? (1:23)
  3. What characteristics do you think would be important for the next President to have? (2:52)
  4. IMSA’s a place for building future leaders, and you’re evidently one of the best examples of a leader. If an IMSA student were to one day be in your place, a President of a unique school like this, what advice would you give them? (5:34)
  5. What do you see as your greatest strength and what do you see as your greatest weakness? (8:03)
  6. Is there any decision you made at IMSA that looking back, you wish you could change? (9:08)
  7. If you could travel anywhere in a time machine, where would you go? (10:51)

At (12:15) Dr. McGee concludes with a personal message for the IMSA community; can you guess what he wants to say? Luckily, despite his ambitious ventures, Dr. McGee says that he’ll still be working closely with IMSA and visiting campus from time to time.

About the Author

Summer Wu
Summer Wu, a rising senior from Lake Forest, is thrilled to be serving as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Acronym with her roommate, Jen Ren. Her interests lie in journalism, entrepreneurship, and debate, which are reflected in the extracurriculars she pursues. Besides Acronym, Summer serves as the Governor of the Midwest Junior State, promoting civic awareness amongst high school students via political debate. Next year she’ll be living in 1502 C upquad, and she invites you to drop by anytime and chat, especially if you have suggestions! As a Writing Center tutor, Summer enjoys helping others, and encourages you to approach her at any time for assistance. In the following year, she hopes to make an impact on the IMSA campus and get to know as many members of the community as she possible can. With regards to the Acronym, Summer looks forward to bringing IMSA’s humble school newspaper to new heights. (E-mail:

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