Handbook of Research on the Changing Role of College and University Leadership

Handbook of Research on the Changing Role of College and University Leadership

Michael T. Miller (University of Arkansas, USA) and G. David Gearhart (University of Arkansas, USA)
ISBN13: 9781799865605|ISBN10: 1799865606|EISBN13: 9781799865612|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6560-5


Higher education has changed significantly over the past 50 years, and the individuals who provide leadership for these institutions has similarly changed. Higher education has often been described as being ‘in crisis,’ but with the current population decline impacting enrollment, the COVID-19 crisis, and a heightened level of legislative accountability measures, the academy truly is at a turning point. The most influential individuals directing the course and future of higher education are college presidents. The pathway to the college presidency, once the domain of academic administration, has diversified as an increasing number of development officers, student affairs and enrollment management professionals, and even politicians have become common in the role. As such, there must be a targeted outlet to discuss them, their roles, and their challenges.

This book explores not only who presidents are in the current environment, but the challenges they face. Challenges such as dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment shortfalls, and athletic scandals will be included in the edited book. The book will be most appropriate for practicing college administrators who have an interest in understanding their role in the academy, along with scholars, graduate students, and even governing board members who are attempting to make sense of the college president role.

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