Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It

See on Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

University presidents have become as expendable as football coaches—one bad season, scandal, or political or financial misstep and they are sent packing. A derailed presidency can undermine an institution’s image, damage its alumni relations, and destroy campus morale, but it can also cost millions of dollars. During 2009 and 2010, fifty college, university, and system presidents either resigned, retired prematurely, or were fired. 

These high-profile campus appointments are increasingly scrutinized by faculty, administrators, alumni, and the media, and problems emerge all too publicly. A combination of constrained resources and a trend toward hiring from outside of academia results in tensions between governing boards and presidents that can quickly erupt. Sometimes presidents are dismissed for performance, financial, or institutional “fit” reasons, but there are nearly always political reasons as well. The details of these employment situations, often masked by confidentially clauses, increasingly emerge as social networks and traditional media buzz with speculation. 

Former university president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, along with Gerald B. Kauvar and former chancellor E. Grady Bogue, examine what can go wrong—and indeed has—and who in academic institutions has the responsibility to address these issues before things get out of hand.Presidencies Derailed is the first book to explore in depth, from every sector of higher education, the reasons why university presidencies fail and how university and college leadership can prevent these unfortunate situations from happening.

“Without qualification, this book is and will remain the classic on why university presidents succeed or fail. Not to mention the lessons also apply to all top leadership!”—Warren Bennis, University of Southern California

“There are few university presidents like Stephen Joel Trachtenberg—at once knowledgeable, creative, commonsensical, likable, and aggressive (indeed, relentless, even outrageous) in the pursuit of institutional uplift and excellence.”—Jose A. Cabranes, U.S. Circuit Judge (New York) and trustee of Columbia University, former trustee of Yale University and Colgate University.

 

Source:

Presidencies Derailed

Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Grady Bogue

John Hopkins University Press, 2013

See on jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu

About these ads

About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context; my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, erasmus University (RSM) and Executive Director at Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). ERIM is the joint research Institute of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. www.erim.eur.nl www.rsm.nl www.ese.eur.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

RSS Business School News

  • B-Schools This Week: Marketing Tylenol, and Two Breakfast Sessions - Businessweek September 22, 2014
    B-Schools This Week: Marketing Tylenol, and Two Breakfast SessionsBusinessweekThis week in the world of business schools will not (just) be filled with information sessions. Stanford is finally starting classes, Emory will host a breakfast for evening MBA students, and Duke's Fuqua School of Business will talk marketing with an ...
  • Op-Ed: Is There a Real ROI on Undergraduate Business Education? - U.S. News & World Report September 22, 2014
    Op-Ed: Is There a Real ROI on Undergraduate Business Education?U.S. News & World ReportAs the dean of the Villanova School of Business, I am intently focused on the challenges our graduates face and making sure they receive the rigorous training necessary for entry into today's workforce. Critics question if undergraduate business ...Time to stand o […]
  • Top 10 Business Schools in US: 2014 Rankings - Insider Monkey (blog) September 22, 2014
    Insider Monkey (blog)Top 10 Business Schools in US: 2014 RankingsInsider Monkey (blog)What are the top 10 business schools in US in 2014? Business schools rankings vary from source to source. For instance Forbes ranks business schools based on return on investment. Their top choice is Stanford. If you rank business schools by the median ...
  • IE Business School creates Corporate MBA for ICD - Arab News September 20, 2014
    Arab NewsIE Business School creates Corporate MBA for ICDArab NewsIE Business School has created a Corporate MBA for the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD). The school and the ICD signed a partnership agreement at the start of the program, which opens with the first of the two ...
  • UW, MU business schools focus on skills they want students to have - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 20, 2014
    UW, MU business schools focus on skills they want students to haveMilwaukee Journal Sentinel... or MOOCs, have all contributed to the challenges they face. Business school deans at UW and Marquette University — the state's biggest public and private university, respectively — are tackling the problem with tools like those developed by ...
  • The Top 50 Schools For Entrepreneurs - Forbes September 19, 2014
    The Top 50 Schools For EntrepreneursForbesFounded in 1919, in 1979 Babson reorganized itself from a general business school to one focused on training entrepreneurs. Though students can take courses in the liberal arts, they can only earn business degrees upon graduation. (Forbes' list of top ...and more »
  • The 25 Most Successful Harvard Business School Graduates - Business Insider September 19, 2014
    Business InsiderThe 25 Most Successful Harvard Business School GraduatesBusiness InsiderIf you want to be an executive, billionaire, or US president, it's a good idea to graduate from Harvard Business School. Founded in 1908, HBS was the first institution in the world to grant a Masters in Business Administration. The Harvard MBA has ...and more »
  • Thiel Talks Startups at Business School - Harvard Crimson September 19, 2014
    Harvard MagazineThiel Talks Startups at Business SchoolHarvard CrimsonDrawing on his experiences as a co-founder of Paypal and early stage investor for Facebook, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter A. Thiel stressed the role of innovation in entrepreneurship during a conversation with Harvard Business School ...Peter Thiel on Why Monopolies Matter Harv […]
  • The 20 Best Business Schools For Social Life - Business Insider Australia September 17, 2014
    Business Insider AustraliaThe 20 Best Business Schools For Social LifeBusiness Insider AustraliaBusiness school is all about making connections, learning new skills, and sharpening your business prowess. But students who focus only on homework and traditional networking miss out on an important aspect of any college environment: the social scene.and more »
  • The 20 Best Business Schools For Social Life - Business Insider September 17, 2014
    The 20 Best Business Schools For Social LifeBusiness InsiderBusiness school is all about making connections, learning new skills, and sharpening your business prowess. But students who focus only on homework and traditional networking miss out on an important aspect of any college environment: the social scene.and more »
Locations of Site Visitors
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: