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Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive by Stephen Trachtenberg, Susan R. Pierce

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Chapter 6Cautionary Tales: Faculty Failures and Recommendations for Collaboration

This chapter is meant to balance the litany of national press stories, described in Chapter 5, about faculty who protested presidential actions that in their judgment violated faculty rights and responsibilities or at least faculty sensibilities.

The mini-case studies that I offer in this chapter illustrate that it is dangerous to generalize about the nature of faculty opposition to a president or to assume that all such actions are motivated by something the president has done or said. Rather, these examples suggest that some faculty members at some institutions contribute to or indeed create an adversarial relationship with the president for reasons of their ...

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