Articles: Leadership

A senior administrator briefed a staff meeting to prepare for the coming academic year, referencing tight budgets, admissions trends, and the president’s priorities. The presentation proved engaging and stimulating, yet the moment felt strangely incomplete, an opportunity unfulfilled. 

  • A. Clayton Spencer, vice president for policy at Harvard, has been named the eighth president of Bates College (Maine), effective July 1. Before spending the past 15 years at Harvard, Spencer served as chief education counsel in the U.S. Senate, working under Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

University administrators are faced with many challenges, from better financial management to streamlining operations to staying competitive when it comes to attracting and retaining both staff and students.

Maravene S. Loeschke is no stranger to Towson University (Md.). She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there and served on the faculty for more than 30 years. Now she has been appointed Towson’s next president, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Proposals are in from institutions vying to build a tech campus in the “city that never sleeps” as part of the “Applied Sciences NYC” initiative. It’s the beginning of an effort to bring New York City to the forefront of technology start-ups and innovation.

Warren Nichols, former president of Volunteer State Community College (Tenn.), began a new role as Tennessee Board of Regents’ Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges October 1. He is overseeing a unified system created for the 13 community colleges across Tennessee.

As we get ready to start the third year of our Models of Efficiency program, I want to take a moment to point with pride to the program’s success.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has been named the 24th chancellor of the College of William & Mary (Va.), effective February 2012. He led the defense department under President George W.

In August, Glassdoor.com, an anonymous workforce review site, created a "Best Universities to Work For" report based on user-submitted information. The University of Kansas came out on top with a score of 4.2 (very satisfied) and a president approval rating of 100 percent.

More than a year ago, following a public meeting to describe the process and methodology we would use to refresh Augustana College's (Ill.) strategic plan, I was confronted by a respected colleague.

viewpoint

As universities push to support interdisciplinary education and research initiatives, a crucial ingredient is faculty collaboration across disciplinary and departmental lines.

disney

Most people go to Disney to relax and have fun. For the past three years, David Zanolla, a communication instructor at Western Illinois University, has taken students in his Disney World Communication Culture course to see the principles they learn about in class in action.

spotlight

Bill Cooper didn't mince words when Stanford University officials contacted him about coming on board as their director of purchasing.

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