Chapter 8Exemplary Tales: Successful Presidents

As I hope I've demonstrated, trustees, presidents, senior administrators, and faculty members all, to varying degrees depending on the circumstances, have critical roles to play in the governance of the institution. Even so, presidents more than anyone else determine the nature and pace of change on a campus. They also influence the tone and the nature of discourse on their campus and the level of collaboration and communication among the various constituents, including students, alumni, elected officials, and the local community as well.

In this chapter, I want to highlight four presidents who, although from diverse backgrounds, have made a profound difference at equally diverse institutions: ...

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