Women at the Top: What Women University and College Presidents Say About Effective Leadership

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Although much has been written about leaders and leadership, we know little about women who fill this role. This book remedies this gap by presenting the reflections of nine women community college, college, and university presidents on what they see as key tenets of leadership, illuminated by pivotal events in their careers.
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Editorial Reviews

Teachers College Record
“A book that is a truly exceptional contribution to the literature on leadership. The authors’ distillation of the interviews to derive the nine tenets of effective leadership make this a must read for aspiring leaders and followers in higher education. I especially liked the fact that the tenets were tucked away in the back after the authors’ thoughtful discussion of the obstacles of this ‘road less traveled’. They highlight the speed bumps and crossroads that traditionally hold women and people of color from leadership positions.

Women at the Top is inspirational because most women who read it will see themselves trying to balance their competing family priorities with career paths and can say, ‘I can do this too.’ The future looks bright indeed for women who aspire to leadership roles in higher education, and this deeply personal and reflective book will serve as a guidebook and resource for other women who seek leadership roles in the nation’s colleges and universities."

Book News Inc
"Wolverton (University of North Texas) presents the stories of nine women presidents of community colleges, colleges, and universities. With one exception, each woman is the first woman to head her institution. While they emphasize different leadership characteristics, they show remarkable unanimity in their beliefs as to which characteristics are the most important. The women discuss the growing opportunities for women in higher education, noting that barriers for women still exist and warning of the potential for backlash against powerful and assertive women. They stress the need for women to balance personal life and career, and to appropriately prepare for leadership."
The Midwest Book Review
"What's different when a woman takes control? Women at the Top: What Women University and College Presidents Say About Effective Leadership is a collection of essays from various women in power as presidents of major colleges throughout the United States. They each speak with much wisdom about the challenges a woman faces in this position, and offer leadership keen for a woman in any type of leadership position - and a good deal of it can apply to men as well. Women at the Top is a solid manual of leadership advice with a specialized, but not overly so, focus."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579222567
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Journeys to Leadership Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mimi Wolverton graduated from Northern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a minor in geology in 1967. She encountered no women on the faculty in either department. That year, women in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) accounted for 8 percent of PhDs. and less than 25 percent of baccalaureate degrees. After working a number of years in heavy construction, she earned both an MBA and a PhD in education leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University and spent several years in academia, retiring in 2007 as a full professor.

Beverly L. Bower is Professor of Higher Education, Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair, and Director of the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education, University of North Texas.

Adrienne E. Hyle is Professor of educational leadership at Oklahoma State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

1 What's in a Story? 1

2 I Never Met an Opportunity I Didn't Like Gretchen M. Bataille 7

3 Having Fun Barbara Douglass 21

4 Moving Forward Mildred Garcia 37

5 Still Standing Carol C. Harter 55

6 Making Diversity Work Mamie Howard-Golladay 71

7 A Perfect Fit Martha T. Nesbitt 87

8 Communicating Commitment Pamela Sue Shockley-Zalabak 101

9 Loving the Presidency Betty L. Siegel 113

10 Giving Back Karen Gayton Swisher 129

11 The Road Less Traveled 143

12 Project Methodology 149

Index 153

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