Thursday, September 10, 2015

When Nontraditional Presidents Come to Campus, the Reception Varies

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 9th, 2015

J. Bruce Harreld, the new president of the University of Iowa, has faced fierce opposition from faculty members and others who view his résumé as too light on higher-education experience for a campus chief. But he certainly isn’t the first business leader to ascend to a university's top job.
In recent years, more colleges have picked, or at least considered, nontraditional candidates for leadership positions. In many cases, those choices have led to an outcry by campus groups who fear that a leader with a corporate or nonacademic background could disregard key principles of higher education, like shared governance.

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