Presidents need to know why they were hired and what their job is; they need to know, too, after doing what they were hired to do, they also have an opportunity to speak out and involve the college in the community.
While public universities are non-profit institutions, they are increasingly exhibiting corporate behavior, from highly paid presidents to superfluous administrators, to replacing tenured faculty with poorly paid part-time teachers.
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.
There is one book that is especially meaningful to me; one that I often peruse just to re-charge my batteries and refine my understanding of how to manage this business we call Cleary University. The book is Out of the Crisis by W. Edwards Deming.
Students deserve an explanation about our president's resignation. If mistakes were made, students should know specifically what the next president ought to improve on, so we can best participate in assessing a new candidate.
College presidents who make their forays into social media can serve to further personalize their institutions through online engagement and foster connection with a vast digital audience interested in the workings of an educational institution.