“I lead with the notion that we are souls first, students second or souls first, staff members second. Whoever we are working with or for, it’s always souls first.”
These opening words from Art McCoy, as he spoke to a group of students and community members at the University of Missouri–St. Louis recently, brought about an immediate shift of energy in the room. This is something that probably happens often when McCoy is talking; people sit up straighter and lean in closer.