Leaders in the Crossroads: Success and Failure in the College Presidency by Stephen James NelsonLeaders in the Crossroads: Success and Failure in the College Presidency by Stephen James Nelson

Leaders in the Crossroads: Success and Failure in the College Presidency

byStephen James Nelson

Hardcover | September 16, 2009

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Leaders in the Crossroads considers two intriguing issues: an exploration of the characteristics that determine success and failure in the academy's top post and the impact of that post on a college. An evaluation of the responsibilities and challenges presidents face, and how they speak and lead, is a fair way to explore realities about college presidents and their successes and failures. How do presidential leadership, rhetoric, and action connect to the fundamental beliefs and values at the foundation of the university? Are presidents able to make a difference, and if so, how do they contribute to the legacy of the university? College presidents are noteworthy leaders in and outside the gates. Deliberations about the success and failure of the presidency, and its obligation to the foundations of the academy generate more questions than answers. However, this inquiry is crucial because it sheds light on the college presidency and on its relationship to the future of the university.
Stephen J. Nelson is assistant professor of educational leadership at Bridgewater State College and senior scholar in the Leadership Alliance at Brown University. Professor Nelson is the author of previous works about the college presidency, Leaders in the Labyrinth: College Presidents and the Battleground of Creeds and Convictions (2...
Title:Leaders in the Crossroads: Success and Failure in the College PresidencyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.52 × 6.33 × 0.66 inPublished:September 16, 2009Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1.The Presidential Portfolio: The Realm and Reality of the Presidency Chapter 2. Legacies and Imprints: The Footprint of Presidents Chapter 3."Crackpots and Geniuses": Embrace of the Marketplace of Ideas Chapter 4 The Bully Pulpit: Use It or Lose It Chapter 5 Presidents in Crisis: A Crucible of Leadership

Editorial Reviews

Stephen J. Nelson has done it again. In this latest study of higher education leadership, Nelson focuses on the challenges of the presidency and the many forces, and constituencies that affect a president's and, inevitably, also the institution's, success. Through specific examples and carefully calibrated insights, Nelson has written what might well be considered a manual for presidential leadership. Governing Boards, as well as current or would-be presidents, will read this volume with both pleasure and profit.