Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders

Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders

By: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (editor), E. Gordon Gee (editor), Gerald B. Kauvar (editor)Hardback

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Today's college and university leaders face complex problems that test their political acumen as well as their judgment, intellect, empathy, and ability to plan and improvise. How do they thoughtfully and creatively rise to the challenge? In Leading Colleges and Universities, editors Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Gordon Gee bring together a host of presidents and other leaders in higher education who describe how they dealt with the issues. Each contributor has been effective as a president or other significant leader in postsecondary education. In this book they share real-life examples and stories that illustrate how they have dealt with the challenges they encountered. Together they answer these and other core questions:* How do you manage college athletics, faculty, a governing board, donors, and a local community?* What do you need to know about crisis management and legal affairs?* When should you be outspoken in the media and when should you be quiet? The book does not shy away from hot contemporary issues, tackling such controversial matters as free speech, Title IX, athletics, fraternities, student and faculty diversity, and board relations. Presidents and would-be presidents-as well as boards, search committees, state boards, legislators, and others involved in higher education-will find much helpful guidance in this timely book.

About Author

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is the president emeritus of George Washington University and a University Professor of Public Service. Gerald B. Kauvar is the special assistant to the president emeritus and a research professor of public policy and public administration at George Washington University. Together, they are the coauthors of Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It. E. Gordon Gee is the president of West Virginia University and the coauthor of Law, Policy, and Higher Education.


Preface, by Gerald B. Kauvar, E. Gordon Gee, and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg1. Becoming a President, by William Kirwan2. Transition to the Position, by James P. Clements and Michael Young3. Leadership team, by Mildred Garcia and Marvin Krislov4. Maintaining a good relations with the board, by Lawrence S. Bacow5. Developing relations with faculty and staff, by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III and A. Lee Fritschler6. Knowing how and when to delegate and the extent to which delegating absolves leaders, by Holden Thorp and Mark Yudof7. When and how to participate in curricular decisions, by Jane McAvliffe and Mark Ungar8. Complexity and chicanery in collegiate athletics, by Robert Donaldson, Gerald B. Kauvar, and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg9. Title IX, by Allen Sessoms10. The complex issues surrounding freedom of speech, by Ben Trachtenberg11. What you need to know about emergency management, by Scott Cowen and Charles Steger12. How tenuous is tenure, by Ann Weaver Hart and Ben Nelson13. Working with elected and community officials, by Christopher B. Howard and Robert Scott14. Institutional autonomy, by William R. Harvey and John Ebersole15. Managing donor relations, by Georgia Nugent and Angel Cabrera16. How to deal with changing forms of accreditation, by Judith Eaton17. Litigation or the threat of litigation as a constraint, by John M. McCardell18. Balancing system-wide needs with institutional autonomy, by Rebecca Blank, Nancy Zimpher, and R. Bowen Loftin19. When to take a stand on national policy, by Mary S. Coleman and Lee Bollinger20. Presidents and general counsels, by Eduardo Padron21. Exiting with grace and ahead of the sheriff, by Richard Joel and Richard LevinConcluding Thoughts, by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Gordon GeeAptitude test for aspiring presidents, by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Gordon GeeIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781421424927
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9781421424927
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 1421424924

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