Presidencies Derailed Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It

ISBN-10: 1421410249
ISBN-13: 9781421410241
Edition: 2013
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Description: University presidents have become as expendable as football coaches—one bad season, scandal, or political or financial misstep and they are sent packing. These high-profile appointments are increasingly scrutinized by faculty, administrators,  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 184
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

University presidents have become as expendable as football coaches—one bad season, scandal, or political or financial misstep and they are sent packing. These high-profile appointments are increasingly scrutinized by faculty, administrators, alumni, and the media, and problems are discussed all too publicly. A combination of constrained resources and a new trend toward hiring from outside of academia results in tensions between governing boards and presidents that can erupt quickly. Sometimes presidents are dismissed for performance, financial, or institutional "fit" reasons, but there are nearly always political reasons as well. Presidencies Derailed is the first book to explore the reasons why university presidencies fail and how university and college leadership can prevent these unfortunate situations.Personal testimonies from "derailed" university presidents and case studies show how good presidencies go bad. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Grady Bogue organize, classify, and explain patterns of leadership failures and offer key advice on how institutions, their boards, and their leaders can avoid these acrimonious battles.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Themes of Presidential Derailment
Presidents Off-Track
Presidential Derailments at Private Liberal Arts Institutions
Presidential Derailments at Public Master's Level Institutions
Presidential Derailments at Public Research Universities
Presidential Derailments at Community Colleges
Firsthand Experiences of Derailed Presidents
Averting the Train Wreck
The Upstream Solution: More Thoughtful Academic Searches
Board Dynamics: A Piece of the Presidential Derailment Puzzle
Lessons Learned about Presidential Derailments
Appendix: A Year of Presidential Turnover
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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