University Presidents as Moral Leaders / Edition 1

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How university presidents lead is an extremely important topic, for both the welfare of universities and for society and for society as a whole. This book is based on papers presented at Wake Forest University, where three forums co-sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership were held to address the questions of leadership in American universities. This book is structured around nine of the papers that were presented. Each paper was authored by a university president; each discusses a specific issue that the president faced during his or her tenure; each concludes with lessons learned. Three other presidents were asked to reflect on the essays based on their own experiences. In the fall of 2003, the Center for Creative Leadership at Wake Forest University hosted three synopsia where leaders of 36 US universities and colleges reflected and debated about their roles and responsibilities. The 29 essays, many of them responses to others, explore such issues as leadership in time of crisis, the University of Michigan's affirmative action case, promoting high achievement among minority students, leadership and teaching, and the unique character of academe. For those in positions of academic leadership, University Presidents as Moral Leaders is an engaging and thought-provoking read about the role of university presidents. Leaders facing a crisis will find the reflections of these presidents useful. The value of the book is its candid discussion of presidential leadership from a first person point of view. The outstanding contributors to this book share their experiences about the kind of leadership situations senior administrators face and the moral decisions they are called upon to make. Among them are: Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan; Molly Corbet Broad, President, University of North Carolina System; William Kirwan, Chancellor, University of Maryland System; Edward S. Malloy, President, University of Notre Dame; Steve Sample, President, University of Southern California; Graha

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275988142
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Series: ACE/Praeger Series on Higher Education
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Brown is Interim President of Georgia College and State University, and Provost Emeritus of Wake Forest University. He holds a Ph.S. in Economics from Princeton Unviersity and is the author of twelve books, including Developing Faculty to Use Technology (Anker, 2003), Ubiquitous Computing: The Universal Use of Computers on Campus (Allen & Bacon, 2002), Teaching with Technology (Anker, 2000), and Leadership Vitality (ACE, 1979).

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Table of Contents

About the Center for Creative Leadership, Wake Forest University, and the Smith-Richardson Foundation
Ch. 1 The presidential forum 3
Ch. 2 Carpetbaggery and conflagration : Vanderbilt University makes enemies of old friends 13
Ch. 3 A response to Chancellor Gee's essay : crises in waiting : a future challenge for university presidents 21
Ch. 4 Presidential leadership in time of crisis 29
Ch. 5 A response to President Dubois' essay : moral leadership 55
Ch. 6 A response to President Dubois' essay : the importance of values and principles 59
Ch. 7 A response to President Dubois' essay : Clemson and South Carolina's confederate flag controversy 63
Ch. 8 Inaugural transitions : the University of Michigan's affirmative action case 67
Ch. 9 A response to President Coleman's essay : moral leadership at DePauw 81
Ch. 10 A response to President Coleman's essay : the importance of ethical standards : reflections of a candidate chosen from the inside 85
Ch. 11 Succeeding a legend at the University of Notre Dame 87
Ch. 12 A response to President Malloy's essay : tell them from the beginning 97
Ch. 13 A response to President Malloy's essay : fitting leadership types to the task at hand 99
Ch. 14 A response to President Malloy's essay : leadership transitions at private liberal arts colleges 103
Ch. 15 Virtue and leadership : good leaders must first be good people 107
Ch. 16 A response to President Yates' essay : the importance of personal values 125
Ch. 17 A response to President Yates' essay : vision, transparency, and passion 129
Ch. 18 Moral leadership : promoting high achievement among minority students in science 135
Ch. 19 A response to President Hrabowski's essay : building trust for enduring change 143
Ch. 20 The morality of shared responsibility : preserving quality through program elimination 147
Ch. 21 Leadership and teaching in the American University 159
Ch. 22 A response to President Hearn's essay : models for moral leadership : from Wile E. Coyote to Homer 177
Ch. 23 A response to President Hearn's essay : searches and succession planning 183
Ch. 24 The contrarian's guide to university leadership 185
Ch. 25 A response to President Sample's essay : Sample's golden mean and thoughts about thought 195
Ch. 26 A response to President Sample's essay : innovation and focus 199
Ch. 27 A response to President Sample's essay : personal qualities for university leadership 205
Ch. 28 Leading in the unique character of academe : what it takes 209
Ch. 29 Lessons learned 227
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