Presidential Transitions: It's Not Just the Position, It's the Transition [Ace/Praeger Series on Higher Education]

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A presidential transition has a major impact on the life of an institution. Hundreds of presidential transitions take place annually, and when they are not amicable and carefully orchestrated, they can scar both the institution and the president. Sanaghan,Goldstein, and Gaval estimate that more than one-third of the presidential transitions in higher education are involuntary and have a negative effect on the institution. The authors offer practical guidance in this book, which is designed to provide assistance ...

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Overview

A presidential transition has a major impact on the life of an institution. Hundreds of presidential transitions take place annually, and when they are not amicable and carefully orchestrated, they can scar both the institution and the president. Sanaghan,Goldstein, and Gaval estimate that more than one-third of the presidential transitions in higher education are involuntary and have a negative effect on the institution. The authors offer practical guidance in this book, which is designed to provide assistance to presidents, trustees, faculty, and other important stakeholder groups and help them avoid the pitfalls of poorly managed transitions. They discuss how, with proper planning, care, and execution, this presidential passage can be an opportunity for a transitioning president, and those who surround him or her, to write a positive chapter in the campus history. Readers will discover that appropriately addressing the anxiety that accompanies major transitions--for both those joining the institution and those already present--is essential.

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What People Are Saying

Dr. Thomas C. Longin

"In Sanaghan, Goldstein, and Gaval's new book, Presidential Transitions, three experienced practitioners in the field of higher education provide us with a carefully crafted, superbly grounded, and eminently practical strategic guide to presidential success in today's challenging environment. They offer a comprehensive, thoughtfully analytical, and wonderfully engaging handbook for success for those involved in, supportive of, or somehow aligned with the work of the contemporary college and university presidency. While highlighting the on-going dynamic of a presidential experience - truly, it's not the position; it is the transition - the authors provide prescient guidance. Presidential Transitions is an excellent and important book, and a must read for presidents, aspiring presidents, board members, senior institutional leaders, and for students of higher education desiring to understand the challenges and possibilities of presidential leadership in the 21st Century."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275994082
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: ACE/Praeger Series on Higher Education
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick H. Sanaghan is president of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational consulting firm specializing in leadership development, collaborative strategic planning, executive coaching and leadership transitions. He is the co-author/author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, change management, and strategic planning. Larry Goldstein is president of Campus Strategies, LLC, a higher education management consulting firm specializing in financial and organizational services for colleges and universities, governmental entities, and commercial entities serving higher education. Kathleen D. Gaval is vice president for planning, Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 The Journey Begins Chapter 4 Creating a Transition Map Chapter 5 New Presidents Will Go Only as Far as Their Relationships Take Them Chapter 6 Avoiding Mishaps and Self-inflicted Wounds Chapter 7 Managing the Twilight—When a President Leaves Chapter 8 Building a Bridge to the Future Chapter 9 Lessons Learned

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