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Leaders in the Labyrinth : College Presidents and the Battlegrounds of Creeds and Convictions (Paperback)

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"Leaders in the Labyrinth is a superbly told account of the travails of contemporary university presidents. Stephen J. Nelson draws on candid interviews with some of the most thoughtful leaders in higher education to reveal how they handle the challenges of one of America's hardest and most important jobs. For anyone interested in higher education policy-making in particular or leadership more generally, this book is eye-opening reading."---David L. Kirp, author of Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education

"Nelson's analysis of the radical changes in the expectations placed on presidents by both the campus and community explains the delicate balancing act required of those who represent the academy. Nelson paints the contemporary college presidency in all of its complexity without excluding the deep sense of fulfillment this role continues to bring to those committed to the advancement of higher education."---Katherine Haley Will, former president, Gettysburg College

"This book is an original study of the hurricane forces that challenge the leadership of college and university presidents in the present day.... Nelson has provided a unique and absorbing account of how higher education is changing and of how these extraordinary individuals, guided by academic values, steer their way through change."---William Simmons, professor of anthropology and former provost, Brown University

"This work paints a vivid portrait of how complicated and nearly impossible the presidency has become---with its overload, dilemmas, constraints, diversions, and ideological wars---clouded over by the fundraising imperative.... Nelson shows how effective leadership depends on the transformative energy that comes from reestablishing the fundamental creed of the university and shaping a center of civil discourse. Among the many who will benefit from Nelson's thoughtful framing of the possibilities and promise of the top job in the academic grove are presidential search committees, for whom this book should be required reading!"---John Hennessey, Charles F. Jones Professor of Management and Third Century Professor Emeritus, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Leaders in the Labyrinth sheds light on how presidents conduct the influence and power of their office---especially in the use of their pulpits, how they naviagate issues of political correctness, and how they hold the center of the university together---in contentious times and against competing ideological forces. Stephen J. Nelson has formulated a comprehensive image of the tenor, talents, and temperaments essential for today's presidency, those who aspire to assume leadership in the future, and those who select the leaders of our colleges and universities.


Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Education
Mfg Part# 9781607096566
SKU 213648908
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1607096560
Release Date 4/1/2010
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