Tweets from the president’s office

by Taryn Wobbema

University presidents on Twitter?

According to the Star Tribune, there are only two in Minnesota so far. University of Minnesota Bob Bruininks isn’t one of them. Yet? From the Strib:

The University of Minnesota is all over Twitter. Dozens of staffers update hourly. But their president, Robert Bruininks, remains tweet-less.

He has an iPhone and is "still considering it," said U spokesman Daniel Wolter. But there’s a barrier: time. "That’s been our concern — making the time to have a meaningful presence."

Gustavus Adolphus College President Jack Ohle (@GustiePrez) and Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow (@PaulPribbenow) are the two Minnesota-tweeters.

Ohio State University President Gordon Gee tweets (@presidentgee) and so does UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin (@Biddy_Martin). Former U president Mark Yudof, now leading the University of California system, updates multiple times a day (@mark_yudof).

So what do university presidents tweet?

A lot of it is campus related: where they are, what they’re doing, whose on campus, what team won which game. Yudof gets a little more personal — he posted a link to a Super Bowl ad — but generally uses the 140-characters to share news about the UC system and higher education.

Penn State President Graham Spanier seems to have a Twitter-impersonator (@MeanGSpanier). His most recent tweet from Dec. 9: In honor of finals week I decided to not shovel the sidewalks on campus today so you students could have more fun!