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.