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Leadership Matters

Confronting the Hard Choices Facing Higher Education

W. Joseph King and Brian C. Mitchell, authors of How to Run a College

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Leadership matters more than ever in this turbulent moment in American higher education.

During these unprecedented times, glaring internal inefficiencies, communication breakdowns, and an overriding sense of cultural inertia on many campuses are too often set against a backdrop of changing consumer preferences, high sticker prices, declining demand, massive tuition discounting, aging infrastructure, technological and pedagogical alternatives, and political pressure. Strategic leadership in such a complex environment needs to be exercised in nuanced ways that differ from those embraced by…

Leadership matters more than ever in this turbulent moment in American higher education.

During these unprecedented times, glaring internal inefficiencies, communication breakdowns, and an overriding sense of cultural inertia on many campuses are too often set against a backdrop of changing consumer preferences, high sticker prices, declining demand, massive tuition discounting, aging infrastructure, technological and pedagogical alternatives, and political pressure. Strategic leadership in such a complex environment needs to be exercised in nuanced ways that differ from those embraced by corporate cultures.

In Leadership Matters, W. Joseph King and Brian C. Mitchell argue that the success of higher education institutions depends on strategic leaders who can utilize the strengths of their institutions and leaders to balance internal pressures, shifting demographics, global education needs, and workforce preparation demands beyond the college gates. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors guide senior administration, trustees, and presidents on how to lead during immense financial, demographic, and social challenges. King and Mitchell believe that, to survive, colleges must be well run—flexible, effective, and forward thinking.

The authors begin with a fundamental premise—that colleges and universities must evolve and adapt by modernizing their practices, monetizing their assets, focusing on core educational strategies, and linking explicitly to the modern world. Discussing a broad range of leadership positions, including presidents, provosts, and board chairs, Leadership Matters touches on strategic planning, management and operations, stakeholder relations, campus and community, accreditation and athletic conferences, and much more. The authors offer an optimistic assessment based upon frank and stark conclusions about what colleges must do—and must not do—to remain relevant in the coming decades.

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Leadership Matters sends a strong message to higher education leadership, addressing the pressing needs for flexibility and adaptation, but also focusing on the tasks for those who govern these "repositories of American culture."

As higher education institutions meet the crises transforming the sector and the country, leadership is vital. King and Mitchell readily recognize that, just as universities must produce twenty-first-century learners, they must be helmed by leaders with the vision and dynamism to navigate today's challenges.

King and Mitchell offer compelling insights into the growing complexities of academic leadership. They charge presidents with exercising the moral courage necessary to ensure that colleges and universities will continue to fulfill our nation's historic mission of educating for democracy. Their detailed analysis of challenges faced by institutions results in pragmatic and innovative solutions for strengthening access to excellence and equity in higher education.

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216
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9781421442440
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Presidents, Provosts, and Board Chairs
Chapter 2. Strategic Planning
Chapter 3. Management and Operations
Chapter 4. Stakeholder Relations
Chapter 5. Campus

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Presidents, Provosts, and Board Chairs
Chapter 2. Strategic Planning
Chapter 3. Management and Operations
Chapter 4. Stakeholder Relations
Chapter 5. Campus and Community
Chapter 6. Accreditors, Athletic Conferences, and Beyond
Chapter 7. Measuring Success
Chapter 8. Innovation
Chapter 9. Why Leadership Matters
Notes
Index

Author Bios
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W. Joseph King

W. Joseph King is the past president of Lyon College, as well as the former executive director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and of Rice University's Connexions.
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Brian C. Mitchell

Brian C. Mitchell is the president and managing principal of Academic Innovators. He is the past president of Bucknell University and Washington & Jefferson College. Together, King and Mitchell are the coauthors of How to Run a College: A Practical Guide for Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Policymakers.