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College Presidents: Voices Of Civic Virtue And The Common Good Of Democracy, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

College Presidents: Voices Of Civic Virtue And The Common Good Of Democracy, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

America’s colleges and universities have contributed significantly to civic virtue and the common good of democracy. College presidents undergird this heritage by affirming the relationship of education to fundamental civic virtues and values of democracy. Contemporary presidents and their actions navigating controversies and issues are exemplary of this continuing commitment today despite the challenges of increasing pluralism and diversity. The argument presented is that presidents can and should use the values of the academy to express their voice to respond to these situations and to recreate a civil religion capable of maintaining the civic virtue and common good of ...


Success And Failure In The College Presidency, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

Success And Failure In The College Presidency, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

The author presents his observations on the state of college presidency in the U.S. He mentions several successful college presidents including Carleton College’s Rob Oden, New York University’s John Sexton and University of Pennsylvania’s Judith Rodin. He discusses the failure of Duke University’s president Richard Brodhead in handling the lacrosse team fiasco. He cites the need for presidents to become true leaders of faculty colleagues.


College And University Presidents: Authentic Leadership Principles And The Navigation Of Crisis, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

College And University Presidents: Authentic Leadership Principles And The Navigation Of Crisis, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

No abstract provided.


Faculty In Print-- Balance Wheels: College Presidents In The Crucible Of The 1960s And The Contests Of Today, Stephen J. Nelson Nov 2012

Faculty In Print-- Balance Wheels: College Presidents In The Crucible Of The 1960s And The Contests Of Today, Stephen J. Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

No abstract provided.


Presidential Creeds And Character, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

Presidential Creeds And Character, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

An excerpt from the book "Leaders in Labyrinth: College Presidents and the Battleground of Creeds and Convictions," by Stephen J. Nelson, is presented.


College Presidents And The Road To Success And Failure: Getting What We Want And Need, Stephen J. Nelson Nov 2012

College Presidents And The Road To Success And Failure: Getting What We Want And Need, Stephen J. Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

No abstract provided.


Leaders In The Labyrinth : College Presidents And The Battleground Of Creeds And Convictions, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

Leaders In The Labyrinth : College Presidents And The Battleground Of Creeds And Convictions, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

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


Contemplating Writing A Book?, Marcia Anderson, Thomas Mickey, Stephen Nelson, Erin O'Connor Nov 2012

Contemplating Writing A Book?, Marcia Anderson, Thomas Mickey, Stephen Nelson, Erin O'Connor

Stephen J. Nelson

The process of writing a book can be daunting, but many of our Bridgewater State College faculty are accomplished book authors. Authors’ published works include a clinical allied medical textbook, a monograph and documentary history reader, academic scholarly books, and popular works. This panel of authors will share their perspectives on the following questions regarding the process of writing a book: 1) why did you decide to write a book and how did you know the time was right, 2) what were the first steps once you made the decision, 3) how did you find a publisher, 4) how did ...


Leadership Frames: A Study Of The Leadership Practice Of Higher Education, Benedicta Eyemaro, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

Leadership Frames: A Study Of The Leadership Practice Of Higher Education, Benedicta Eyemaro, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

This presentation is based on Lee Bolman and Terrance Deal’s “Leadership Orientations” instrument designed to assess a leader’s perceived application of the four frames of leadership presented as a theoretical structure. In this pilot study, we administered the Bolman and Deal instrument to higher education administrators at Bridgewater State College. The leadership frames instrument was distributed to 146 middle and upper level administrative leaders, including faculty members coordinating programs and thus serving in administrative positions at the college. Based on 59 responses, the human resource frame was revealed as the one used most extensively. However, this finding was ...


Decades Of Chaos And Revolution: Showdowns For College Presidents, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

Decades Of Chaos And Revolution: Showdowns For College Presidents, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

Decades of Chaos and Revolution: Showdowns for College Presidents is the story and comparison of two eras in the history of higher education. The first era covers the period of the 1960s through the mid-1970s, and the second is the first decade of the twenty-first century. Both decades were marked by events that shook the foundations of colleges and universities, and society as a whole. Nelson weaves an engaging story, told through the eyes of the presidents of the institutions that were involved in the chaos of those eras.

For colleges and universities and their presidents, these two decades are ...


Leaders In The Crossroads : Success And Failure In The College Presidency, Stephen Nelson Nov 2012

Leaders In The Crossroads : Success And Failure In The College Presidency, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

Leaders in the Crossroads considers two intriguing issues: an exploration of the characteristics that determine success and failure in the academy's top post and the impact of that post on a college. An evaluation of the responsibilities and challenges presidents face, and how they speak and lead, is a fair way to explore realities about college presidents and their successes and failures. How do presidential leadership, rhetoric, and action connect to the fundamental beliefs and values at the foundation of the university? Are presidents able to make a difference, and if so, how do they contribute to the legacy ...


The Crucible Of Crisis: Three Presidents Confront The Perfect Storm, Stephen Nelson Aug 2007

The Crucible Of Crisis: Three Presidents Confront The Perfect Storm, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

This article, based on interviews with the presidents of Dillard and Xavier Universities and Tougaloo College, examines their leadership in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The ways they led their communities reveal both points of commonality and discrete leadership styles and approaches.


Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values: Part V, Stephen Nelson Feb 2003

Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values: Part V, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

No abstract provided.


Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values: Part Iii, Stephen Nelson Oct 2002

Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values: Part Iii, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

One thing which presidents are supposed to do, to know and understand, and, most importantly, to be able to communicate to various publics and constituencies both within and beyond the gates is the true, lasting values, and importance of education. Shortly after the September 11th attacks, Roseann Runte, President of Old Dominion University, reflected on these important considerations for educators, now in the "new" context of the sensitivities and vulnerabilities, but also urgencies created by the unprecedented attacks by enemies on American soil.


Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values: Part Ii, Stephen Nelson Sep 2002

Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values: Part Ii, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

Beyond these demands on their personal lives and those of their partners and families of presidents are the larger, and in many ways more difficult, relentless passages which must be navigated in the life of institutions and in the office of the president. These are the points of intersection, to name just a few of the forces, between and among leadership dynamics, the organizational culture of the college, its institutional saga, its diverse and often competing constituencies, and its stated and unstated mission and purpose. Here the very real politics and the necessary use of human capital takes place. Frank ...


Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values, Stephen Nelson Aug 2002

Internal Journeys Of College Presidents: Diary Reflections About Leadership And Values, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

The ideas and thoughts of college and university presidents are most frequently and primarily known through their public roles and rhetoric. Over the past few years nearly three dozen college and university presidents have written diaries for public view as part of the Journal of College and Character. These presidential reflections provide a unique and rare opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes view of the contemporary presidency, and of the leadership and values of presidents. This article is based on research of the words and impressions of these presidents in these public diaries. Using the perspectives revealed by the presidents, the ...


The Crucible Of Leadership, Stephen Nelson Mar 2001

The Crucible Of Leadership, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

Presents the stories of two college presidents, the challenges they faced, the actions they took, and the price they paid. Disastrous financial situation inherited by Brown University President Donald Horning in 1970; Volatile situation encountered by Wellesley College President Diana Chapman.


Leaders In The Crucible: The Moral Voice Of College Presidents, Stephen Nelson Dec 1999

Leaders In The Crucible: The Moral Voice Of College Presidents, Stephen Nelson

Stephen J. Nelson

Regardless of the pressures and problems confronting colleges and universities today, they can ill afford to assume that the only essential qualities of those chosen to be presidents are their abilities to be sound managers, institutional developers, and public relations experts. Nelson argues that college presidents must possess the capacity to use the presidential pulpit as moral leaders. Presidents are profiled as leaders who shape student character, lead campus communities, and are in the forefront of issues critical to education. From this vantage point, we can better examine the moral beliefs at the core of colleges and universities, understand and ...