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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.


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

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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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...