I believe our collective efforts will enable the region to rebuild faster and stronger than we believe, and I think institutions of higher education can (and, in fact, should) play an important role in that process.
If Hurricane Sandy reminds us of one thing, it's the awesome power of communities to come together and tackle our greatest challenges. Individuals across the Eastern Seaboard and throughout the country have united in their mission to build a community stronger than before.
I came to terms with losing our Jersey Shore house within hours of Hurricane Sandy's brutal landfall last week. Our house is just one mile away from that steel roller coaster, now bobbing in the Atlantic.
Fifty-five percent of the nation's population lives in counties protected by levees. The time has come to admit that one-size-fits-all flood protection will not adequately protect the regions with the most people, property and infrastructure.
I grew up in Long Branch, NJ, one of the shore towns which suffered great destruction. Long Branch gave me a toughness I have needed to survive in the challenging worlds of reporting, politics and business.