Presidential Transition In Higher Education

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Once rare, presidential transitions at institutions of higher education now command the attention of about one-quarter of the nation's colleges and universities at any given time. Though they occur frequently, transitions at this level are hardly routine, and American higher education has not developed a tradition of managing this process proactively. Here, James Martin and James E. Samels bring together a distinguished group of higher education professionals to provide the ...

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Overview

Once rare, presidential transitions at institutions of higher education now command the attention of about one-quarter of the nation's colleges and universities at any given time. Though they occur frequently, transitions at this level are hardly routine, and American higher education has not developed a tradition of managing this process proactively. Here, James Martin and James E. Samels bring together a distinguished group of higher education professionals to provide the first comprehensive guidebook to managing change at the top.

Presidents, administrators, trustees, faculty, and others involved in a change in leadership will benefit from this wide-ranging discussion of the issues combined with specific action plans for the busy professional. The volume's contributors address proactive management, best practices for sudden transitions, and how campuses can turn challenges into opportunities. Also addressed are executive search firms, the interim president, boards of trustees, presidential spouses, and public relations.

Contributors: Lee J. Betts, Frederick (MD) Community College; Charles Brown, Stanford University; Jean A. Dowdall, Whitt-Kieffer; E. K. Fretwell Jr., University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation; Allen E. Koenig and Thomas H. Langevin, The Registry for College and University Presidents; Steven Muller, The Johns Hopkins University; Arthur Padilla, North Carolina State University; John Ross, George Dehne & Associates Integrated Services; Patricia Stanley, Frederick (MD) Community College; Thomas J. and Scottie Trebon, Carroll College; William A. Weary, Fieldstone Consulting, Inc.; Nancy L. Zimpher, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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Editorial Reviews

Community College Week
A comprehensive and exhaustive treatment of the transition process and period, well supplemented by insights into more established presidencies.

— Kevin Drumm

Journal of Higher Education
No one to my knowledge has brought the thinking on presidential transitions together in a scholarly work that equals this volume... This insiders' view is enlightening, useful, and well worth the time and energy required to digest the many observations and suggestions.

— George B. Vaughan

Community College Week - Kevin Drumm
A comprehensive and exhaustive treatment of the transition process and period, well supplemented by insights into more established presidencies.
University Business - Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti
Essays detailing the finer points of presidential change, from the role of the board to the use of an executive search firm to the changing role of the presidential spouse.
Journal of Higher Education - George B. Vaughan
No one to my knowledge has brought the thinking on presidential transitions together in a scholarly work that equals this volume... This insiders' view is enlightening, useful, and well worth the time and energy required to digest the many observations and suggestions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883774
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,058,663
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

James Martin is a professor of English at Mount Ida College and academic vice president of The Education Alliance. James E. Samels is president of The Education Alliance and founder of Samels Associates, a law firm concentrating in higher education law. They are the authors of Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth: A New Strategy for Academic Managers (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993) and First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 A new model of transition management 3
2 Presidents who leave, presidents who stay : a conversation with Vartan Gregorian 21
3 Pressures on presidents and why they should leave 30
4 Passing the baton : leadership transitions and the tenure of presidents 37
5 The role of the board in presidential transition 61
6 A proactive model of presidential transition 83
7 When presidents leave suddenly : from crisis to continuity 97
8 Presidential turnover and the institutional community : restarting and moving forward 111
9 When colleges should, and should not, use executive search firms 135
10 The interim president : an effective transitional leader 160
11 Leaks kill : communication and presidential transition 171
12 Weathering the storm : institutional advancement during a presidential transition 189
13 Shaky ground in troubled times : the legal framework of presidential transitions 198
14 Partners in transition : the president's spouse as overlooked power base 219
15 Knowing the end of the beginning : a conceptual approach to presidential transition 225
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