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Leadership for Academic Units: A Performance Improvement Model for Department Chairs, Deans, and Academic Vice Presidents (and those who aspire to be) by William Swart

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Reengineering Academic Units

East Carolina University opened its first regular session as a two-year teaching school on October 5, 1909. Since that time, ECU has grown to be the third largest school in the University of North Carolina system, with a student population well in excess of 20,000. During this period of time, the organization evolved incrementally. New programs led to new departments and new departments led to new schools. Sometimes, faculty and administrative conflicts were resolved organizationally, creating strange bedfellows. For example, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Communications joined to create a separate school as a result of an internal dispute in the College of Arts and Sciences. Table 9-3 shows ...

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