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University Presidents

Leadership Tips for College Presidents and CEOs

Barry Glassner | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Barry Glassner

At a time when the college presidency has become a high-risk occupation and CEO turnover is accelerating, with 131 leaving their jobs in January alone, maybe they could benefit from some words of wisdom.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. Students comprise another university constituency that is faring poorly.

Hattie Biscuit Clementine Fred Sidney Captain Foosey: Take a Dog to College!

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 07.04.2014 | College
Cynthia Huggins

I'm a Saint Bernard. The dog, not the saint. Definitely not the saint. As part of my goal of reaching the end of the day without checking off a singl...

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.

Back to School

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Stuart Dorsey

My friend and colleague, Gordon Kingsley, said that while he was president of William Jewell College he continued to teach regularly, "until I had to ...

Colleges Try Tying Presidential Raises To Results

| Posted 12.26.2013 | College

Like all leaders of American colleges and universities these days, Massachusetts Bay Community College President John O’Donnell is under pressure to...

Why Become a College President?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.16.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Presidents meet interesting people, promote big ideas, and affect the lives of countless students. They watch as students and families live dreams that are limited only by their imagination. College remains that one special place where dreams still matter.

Many College Presidents Would Rather Not Be In Charge

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 11.03.2013 | College

ST. LOUIS -- ST. LOUIS (AP) — After five scandal-plagued years as University of North Carolina chancellor, Holden Thorp was downright ecstatic to st...

Diverse Conversations: Being the First

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

For most of American history, the college/university presidency could be described as an "all boys club," however, over the last 3 decades this has c...

Diverse Conversations: The Benefits of an Online Education

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Over the past decade, the number of online colleges and universities has grown exponentially. This has led to many debates over the efficacy and overa...

Diverse Conversations: Nelms Discusses Path to College Presidency (Part II)

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.04.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Here is Part II of my interview with Dr. Charlie Nelms, former chancellor at North Carolina Central University and the founder of Destination Graduati...

New Presidents At Major Universities Will Have Extra Duties

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 06.29.2013 | College

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Wanted: chief executive to oversee a multibillion-dollar enterprise that employs thousands, educates tens of thousands, pushes cutti...

We Didn't Sign at the Office

Barry Glassner | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Barry Glassner

Sitting in our inboxes and on our desks are two piles of petitions we've received as university presidents. One pile consists of petitions we are being asked to sign; the other contains those telling us what we should or should not do.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

The 10 Highest Paid Public College Presidents

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.13.2013 | College

When Penn State University's Graham Spanier was fired as president of the institution following the Jerry Sandusky-sex abuse scandal in November 2011,...

Realize the Board's Limitations

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Dr. Roger H. Hull

The most important thing a board does is to hire and fire the president. If the board cannot rely on the president, if it feels it needs to run the college, it should get a new president.

University Presidents—Speak Out!

The Nation | Posted 02.21.2013 | College

In May 1943, James B. Conant, the president of Harvard University, published an essay in The Atlantic Monthly titled “Wanted: American Radicals.” ...

Diverse Conversations: The First Eight Months of a College Presidency

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I decided that Dr. Kent Smith, the new president of Langston University, was the logical choice for the first interview for "Diverse Conversations." Recently, I sat down with him to talk about the first eight months of his presidency.

20 Things Every Aspiring HBCU President Should Know

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Given the amount of time and money invested in presidential searches, and the cost of failure, I'm convinced that the time is ripe for executive search professionals to reexamine how they approach their work and to make adjustments as warranted.

Hundreds Of College Presidents Call For Tight Gun Control Laws

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.20.2012 | College

Hundreds of college presidents have signed an open letter to President Obama calling for tougher gun control laws and declaring their opposition to la...

The 10 Most Popular College Presidents

Posted 10.20.2012 | College

When Teresa Sullivan was forced out of her post as the University of Virginia's president in June, faculty and students revolted, leading to her reins...

Finding (and Keeping) the Right College President

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.11.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The current practice of identifying, nurturing and providing for succession planning for college and university presidents has led to a crisis within higher education.

The Need to Lead

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

One definition of a college president is that he or she lives in a big house and carries a tin cup to search for money. A more accurate analysis might be that a president has a corporate title working as a 19th century political boss trying to manage a medieval craft guild.

Tyler Kingkade

UVA Turmoil Is 'Exhibit A' Of Troubles Public Colleges Face | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.25.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- It’s a rough time to be running a public university. Teresa Sullivan's sudden removal as president of the University of Virginia, and...

Recycling Historically Black College and University Presidents: A Bad Idea?

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 04.04.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

Strong, innovative leadership is absolutely essential at HBCUs. Reconsidering where leaders come from and cultivating new leadership is necessary and vital to the future of these historic institutions.