Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education

A Guide for Trustees, Leaders, and Aspiring Leaders of Two- and Four-Year Institutions

November 2012
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    Stylus Publishing
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    7th November 2012
  • ISBN 9781579224813
  • Language English
  • Pages 448 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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April 2013
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    Stylus Publishing
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    29th April 2013
  • ISBN 9781579228804
  • Language English
  • Pages 448 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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April 2013
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    29th April 2013
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To meet the new and rapidly changing demands facing today’s higher education managers and leaders – from department chairs to trustees – this book offers guidance on how to effectively discharge their responsibilities and how to develop their skills for managing their relationships with internal and external stakeholders. It also provides a broad understanding of the structure and functions of their institution and of the appropriate loci of decision-making.

The authors go beyond the “positions” of leadership to emphasize the qualities of creativity, commitment, collaboration, delegation and courage that are essential to steer a unit, college or university through successful and enduring change

Recognizing that the hallmark of higher education in the United States is a diversity of institutional types, this book enables the reader to relate issues of environment, organization and management to his or her specific institution, from not only the presidential perspective, but from the vantage point of trustees, provosts, vice presidents, deans, and department heads. By covering all these functions—as well as the role of external stakeholders—in a single volume, this book offers readers a comprehensive view of how institutions respond to external forces and internal issues, and how these impact organizational structure, functions and decision-making in their roles, and the institution at large.

The book is informed by these three essential principles:
• Sound institutional decisions must be based on a clearly articulated mission and set of core values;
• Successful institutional adaptation to a changed environment must be grounded and aligned with the fundamental mission and core values; and
• Successful academic leaders must be able to create and foster partnerships, bringing diverse individuals and interests together around a shared vision and mission grounded in common values.

This handbook is divided into five units. The first introduces the reader to the scholarly field of higher education and establishes the contextual framework for the rest of the book. The second investigates the multifaceted and often complex relationships that exist between institutions of higher learning and the external constituencies. The third focuses how college and university presidents and their board of trustees keep an institutional mission focused while adapting to changes in the environment, while the fourth analyzes how colleges and universities fulfill their core mission through shared democratic partnerships. The concluding unit concerns how effective academic leaders implement their institution’s academic mission.

Both scholarly and accessible, this book is intended to be of interest to a broad audience, ranging from graduate students in higher education administration programs to members of institutional governing boards, and everyone in leadership positions in between.

All of the authors have completed graduate work in a higher education administration program, and collectively have had experience with academic administration at every level through to the university presidency. Two of the authors are currently faculty in leading higher programs teaching classes in administration and organizational theory and have published widely in the scholarly field. One has been a member of a governing board.

Study questions suitable for leadership training and graduate courses are provided online. See hot link at left, under the cover.

“Enabling our colleges and universities to reach their highest academic and economic potential requires a commitment to the core values of higher education and to cultivating the partnerships in community, business, and government that allow us to bring those values to scale. Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education is a mindful handbook that leaders will find themselves referring back to often as the mission of higher education continues to evolve."

Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York

"This encyclopedic compendium of the history and challenges of virtually all aspects of higher education will serve as a handy reference for academic leaders and scholars. It should find a place in all college and university libraries as well as in the personal libraries of presidents. The book’s perspective is that, to be successful, academic leaders must be focused on vision, mission, and core values; be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment; and include key constituents in decision-making. The book is an important contribution to the higher-education literature."

Rita Bornstein, PhD, President Emerita & Cornell Professor of Philanthropy & Leadership Development, Rollins College

“This hefty volume consists of short articles about an amazingly wide array of topics in higher education and will be a welcome reference work for professionals in the field as well as trustees and donors. Those who need to know something quickly about an aspect of higher education that is outside their immediate experience will find the succinct treatment and comprehensive approach of great value. Each section also includes a lengthy bibliography for those who wish to learn more.”

Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges

“A treasure trove of important concepts and practical wisdom for anyone interested in mastering the nuances of effective academic leadership in higher education. The authors combine key theory and real-world insight in ways that are incisive, interesting, and informative. A comprehensive guide and valuable resource for seasoned administrators and newly appointed board members alike.”

Joseph P. Zolner, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education is as handy as it is scholarly. Its scope of coverage and its level of detail make this book not just a ‘must-have’ but a ‘must-refer-to’ resource for scholars and practitioners alike. In particular, those new to higher education leadership, including board members and new presidents, will find higher education’s more puzzling features—such as shared governance, academic culture, and external influences—clarified in ways that will contribute to greater effectiveness.”

Susan Whealler Johnston, Executive Vice President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

"The book is content rich for those looking for detailed background information on a wide range of topics. The list is far too long to repeat here, but suffice it to say that this is a comprehensive work that addresses issues related to organizational dynamics, policy frameworks, government interests, academic programs, faculty responsibilities, trusteeship, global education, legal matters, strategic planning, and, of course, student success. If there is one comprehensive text you are prepared to study about higher education, make it this one."

Mark L. Putnam, President of Central College - The Department Chair


Foreword: Academic Leadership and Its Consequences
Stanley O. Ikenberry

Three Essential Principles
Organization of This Book

Part One: History, Politics, Globalization, and Organizational Theory in Higher Education
1) Principles of Academic Leadership
2) Understanding Academic Organizations
3) Global Engagement of Colleges and Universities

Part Two: External Constituencies
4) Federal Engagement in Higher Education
5) State and Local Governments’ Relationship with Higher Education
6) The Courts and Higher Education
7) The Engaged College or University
8) External Influences and the Role of Supporting Organizations

Part Three: The Boundary Spanners
9) Trusteeship
10) The Academic Presidency

Part Four: The Academic Core
11) Governance of the Academic Core
12) Academic Departments and Departmental Leadership
13) The Faculty

Part Five: Implementation of the Academic Mission
14) The Student Experience
15) Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting



Robert M. Hendrickson

Robert M. Hendrickson is a professor of Education in Higher Education and Senior Scientist in and Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State. His research and teaching interests include legal issues, organizational theory, administration and governance, and faculty employment issues. He has published a number of articles, monographs, and books. From 2001 thru 2007 he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Research, and Faculty Development within the College of Education. During his tenure as Associate Dean, six graduate programs were ranked in the top 10 in the US News rankings, and research awards grew from $4 million in 2001 to $18 million in 2007. Prior positions include head of the Department of Education Policy Studies for eight years and professor-in-charge of the Higher Education Program for nine years. Dr. Hendrickson has directed a number of doctoral dissertations, several of which have won outstanding dissertation awards. His former students serve in faculty or administrative positions in the United States and foreign countries and several are presidents of colleges and universities.

Jason E. Lane

Jason E. Lane is Director of Education Policy Studies at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy think tank of the State University of New York (SUNY). He is also an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies and a Senior Researcher with the Institute for Global Education Policy Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he co-directs the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT).

James T. Harris

James T. Harris is President and Professor of Education at Widener University. Under his leadership, Widener has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Best College to Work For,” and Newsweek ranked Widener in the top 10 nationally for community service. Prior to his appointment at Widener, he served as President of Defiance College. Dr. Harris has served on the national boards of the Campus Compact, the NCAA, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He has earned numerous awards, including being named as one of the top 50 character-building presidents in America by the Templeton Foundation and the Chief Executive Leadership Award from CASE. Dr. Harris has published over 20 academic articles and chapters and has been a faculty member in the Harvard University Management Development Program for over a decade. He earned degrees from the University of Toledo, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State University.

Richard H. Dorman

Richard H. Dorman is the 14th president of Westminster College (PA), a co-educational national liberal arts institution recently ranked first in the nation as the “Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)” according to rankings by He has served in various senior administrative capacities, including Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Otterbein College and Assistant Vice President at the University of Louisville, where he oversaw all development operations for the Health Sciences Center. Prior to that, Dr. Dorman was Associate Executive Director for Alumni Relations at the Penn State Alumni Association. During his tenure, the Association received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Grand Gold Medal as the best alumni association in America for an unprecedented three successive years. His research has centered on role conflict and role ambiguity of lay governing boards and he has served as a frequent speaker and consultant on institutional governance and alumni affairs. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Susquehanna University, a master’s degree in counselor education in student personnel services, and a doctorate in higher education administration, both from Penn State.

Higher education leadership; higher education governance; academic leadership; organization theory; principles of academic leadership; shared governance; academic culture; organizational dynamics