Keys to success for university presidents

May 16, 2018

Emphasizing willingness to compromise and empathy as crucial characteristics of university presidents, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Francine Trachtenberg write that “[t]hose who succeed as presidents in the modern era most often have management styles that exhibit balance, judgement, patience and principle.” In light of recent heightened political tensions on campus, they add, sound judgment can foster diversity under conditions of duress. Additionally, the authors write that effective presidents will present budgets not as “arithmetic tables,” but “philosophical” arguments that cogently reflect long-term programmatic strategies. Times Higher Education