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The New College President

How a Generation of Diverse Leaders Is Changing Higher Education

Terrence J. MacTaggart and Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran
foreword by Daniel R. Porterfield

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Think you know what it takes to be an effective leader in higher education? You might be surprised.

Think you know what it takes to be an effective leader in higher education? You might be surprised.

Why is it so difficult to find and hire college and university presidents? Perhaps search committees are recruiting in all the wrong places. In The New College President, Terrence J. MacTaggart and Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran share the stories of seven exceptional presidents from diverse backgrounds. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, these vivid, deeply researched narratives depict the life stories...

Think you know what it takes to be an effective leader in higher education? You might be surprised.

Think you know what it takes to be an effective leader in higher education? You might be surprised.

Why is it so difficult to find and hire college and university presidents? Perhaps search committees are recruiting in all the wrong places. In The New College President, Terrence J. MacTaggart and Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran share the stories of seven exceptional presidents from diverse backgrounds. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, these vivid, deeply researched narratives depict the life stories and academic careers of university presidents whose unconventional backgrounds helped them grow into uniquely qualified leaders.

The university presidents whom MacTaggart and Wilson-Oyelaran profile exhibit strengths of character and perspective developed through a range of challenging life experiences. Personal qualities like grit, resilience, compassion, and intercultural competence—along with academic credibility—contribute to their effectiveness as chief executives and are critical to presidential success in a fraught era of higher education.

MacTaggart and Wilson-Oyelaran, who developed a "forensic" model for improving presidential searches that requires a much deeper look into personal leadership strengths and weaknesses than is typical in current search practices, are uniquely qualified to write this book. They present a fresh perspective on higher education leadership and actionable recommendations to improve presidential searches while arguing that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is not just a moral imperative, but a valuable opportunity to recruit extraordinary leaders.

Featuring Jeffrey Bullock, Waded Cruzado, Mary Dana Hinton, Freeman Hrabowski III, Robert Jones, Kwang-Wu Kim, and Mary Marcy

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The New College President boldly illustrates the proposition that experiences of adversity in the background of presidential candidates will provide strengths well suited to the current turbulent era of higher education. Recognizing that conventional searches often marginalize such potential leaders, the authors propose a transformative approach to that process.   

The authors challenge university stakeholders and search firms to consider a new, and more intentional, approach to presidential recruitment—one that recognizes the upside of non-traditional leadership and life experience—in this moment of extreme change across higher education. The volume is a must-read for those who are charged with making decisions about the future of higher education and who should recognize the benefit of a 'forensic' recruitment process.

A fresh, cogent look at why we must seek diversity in presidential candidates. Integrally, this book answers the question, 'Where do we find the diversity of personal qualities, strength of character, grit, insights emanating from lives lived differently, and the commitment and courage to sustain the transformative efforts necessary in this age of disruption in higher education?'

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Daniel R. Porterfield
Preface
1. The Great Resignation Presents a Great Opportunity
2. Jeffrey Bullock: Pastor/President
3. Waded Cruzado: The Power of Imaginative Leadership
4. Mary Dana Hinton

Foreword
Daniel R. Porterfield
Preface
1. The Great Resignation Presents a Great Opportunity
2. Jeffrey Bullock: Pastor/President
3. Waded Cruzado: The Power of Imaginative Leadership
4. Mary Dana Hinton: Leadership as Love in Action
5. Freeman Hrabowski III: Achieving Inclusivity and Excellence
6. Robert Jones: From the Fields Where Character Grows
7. Kwang-Wu Kim: The College for Creatives
8. Mary Marcy: The Intentional Leader
9. Recruiting Exceptional Leaders: A Forensic Approach
Afterword. The Next Generation of Exceptional Leaders
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

Author Bios
Terrence J. MacTaggart
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Terrence J. MacTaggart

Terrence J. MacTaggart has served as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Superior, the Minnesota State University System, and the University of Maine System. Currently a senior fellow with the Association of Governing Boards, he is the author of Leading Change: How Boards and Presidents Build Exceptional Academic Institutions.
Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran
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Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran is the president emerita of Kalamazoo College and a senior consultant for the Association of Governing Boards.
Daniel R. Porterfield
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Daniel R. Porterfield

Daniel R. Porterfield is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He served as President of Franklin & Marshall College from 2011–2018 and was recognized as an Obama White House Champion of Change.