20 Questions with Registrar Tim Culhan '78
September 1, 2011
Culhan poses with anthropology professor Phyllis Passariello at
the Taj Mahal in India. Culhan, who lists traveling as a hobby,
says his dream vacation included two months in Sitges, Spain,
"a quaint resort village on the Mediterranean just 30 minutes
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Hot and sunny all year, and filled with crazy college kids every spring.
3. What are your hobbies?
Travel and cooking, and making lists of other hobbies I wish I had time for.
4. What is your dream vacation?
I had my dream vacation: two months in Sitges, Spain, a quaint resort village on the Mediterranean just 30 minutes from Barcelona.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
I recently visited the The Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi, India, also known as the Lotus Temple, and it is the most beautiful work of art I have seen.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” and Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” introduced me to the “life of the mind” and gave me a passion for literature. (Woolf’s work is really an essay.) John Irving is my favorite living author.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I don’t play any sport well but I like to watch golf.
8. Favorite TV show?
“Mad Men” — “Doc Martin” a close second.
9. Favorite album?
Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water” (the mad man theme is purely coincidental!).
10. Favorite holiday?
Fourth of July — it’s always warm!
11. Favorite food?
This is really hard, I love to eat! Probably seafood paella.
12. Most prized possession?
My deceased brother’s two-year AA token.
13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Sorry, I want four: Abraham, Siddhārtha Gautama, Jesus and Muḥammad. Some party! They would have to watch the PBS News Hour.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
The fact that almost daily I get to work with students, faculty, staff and alumni.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Riding my bike to the beach every weekend.
16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
I would probably be teaching high school in Florida. That was the plan before I landed this incredible job.
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
The D- I got on my first paper at Centre. It woke me up!
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Balram Halwai in “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga, but ONLY for one day! It's a fascinating book, and I highly recommend it.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Besides my office, seat C15 of the Grand Tier in the Norton Center. It’s where I’ve seen so many incredible performances and where I look forward to seeing several more this year.
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Find a personal reason to get excited about and interested in all of the courses that you take.
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