"This is the best book I've ever read on being a collegepresident."—Arthur Levine, president, Woodrow Wilson NationalFellowship Foundation, and president emeritus, Teachers College,Columbia University
"A must-read for anyone involved in higher education. SusanResneck Pierce's cautionary tales and commonsense approach tocollege management present, in a very entertaining way, the 'dos'and 'don'ts' of effective postsecondary academic leadership. Highlyrecommended... I am so enthusiastic that I plan to share OnBeing Presidential with two new universitypresidents!"—Barbara Young, vice-chair, Sweet Briar CollegeBoard of Directors, and two-time appointee to the University ofKentucky Board of Trustees
"Susan Pierce provides an insightful guide to the successfulpresidency, lessons based not on theory but gleaned from meaningfulexperiences. Nearly every page contains pearls of wisdom both forcollege and university presidents and for those who aspire to leadcampuses."—Constantine W. Curris, president emeritus,American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents,Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrivetakes an in-depth look at the current practice of governance inhigher education and explores solutions for more effectivefunctioning. Written by a former college president, the bookprovides an insider's perspective on the growing tensions aroundthe traditional shared governance model and identifies the keychallenges facing trustees, presidents, senior administrators, andfaculty.
Traditional shared governance operations are typicallytime-consuming, process-laden, and slow to respond to the internaland external forces acting upon modern educational institutions.Higher education is facing increasing political and economicpressure, and senior administration frequently needs theflexibility to make institutional decisions quickly. Using recentpublic scandals as examples, Governance Reconsideredillustrates how the tension between the need for timely decisionsand action versus the importance of mission and academic quality iscreating a dramatic systemic problem. The book provides practicaladvice on the issues at the heart of the matter, including:The nature and pace of change on campus, including thepressures facing higher educationClarity about the roles and responsibilities of trustees, thepresident, and the facultyThe campus community's role in decision-making activitiesHow thriving universities can govern collaboratively
The book also addresses the brand new challenges that affecthigher education governance, including MOOCs, online learning, andrising questions about value and cost. Campus leaders must worktogether effectively to boost higher education, and GovernanceReconsidered contains the questions and answers integral toimplementing effective governance.