Advice for non-traditional presidents

May 10, 2018

College presidents from outside the academy need to listen to administrators, faculty, and other stakeholders as they take on their new position, writes Lee Gardner. “A college president’s job is unique and challenging — it demands the zeal of an inspirational leader, the acumen of a corporate executive, the folksy touch of a small-town mayor,” the author states, adding that new leaders also need to engage with communities beyond campus to foster local partnerships. Gardner also says that non-traditional presidents must also adjust to shared governance, an institutional norm that is uncommon beyond the academy.

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