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Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive

By Susan Resneck Pierce, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, May 2014. ISBN: 978-1-118-73849-8 As pressures mount in the academic world, more …

On Being Presidential: A Guide for College and University Leaders

By Susan Resneck Pierce, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, November 2011. ISBN 978-1-118-02776-9 Adequate training is hard to come by and …

Ellison’s Invisible Man (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)

By Susan Resneck Pierce (Parr), Modern Language Association of America; 1 edition (January 1, 1989). ISBN: 978-0873525060 …

The Moral of the Story: Literature, Values and American Education

By Susan Resneck Parr, Teachers College Pr (September 1982). ISBN: 978-0807727164 …

Presidents and Mission

Presidents and Mission

Originally published: "Presidents and Mission," Inside Higher Ed , September 21, 2011 Several years ago, as I began the process of learning about a faith-based college in my role as the institution’s presidential search consultant, a member of the campus community...

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Producing Academic Leaders

Producing Academic Leaders

Originally published:  "Producing Academic Leaders," Inside Higher Ed, January 26, 2011 There has recently been increasing attention in higher education circles to what some fear is a looming crisis for the college presidency: the large number of anticipated...

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Advice for the New Administrator

Advice for the New Administrator

Originally published: "Advice for the New Administrator," Inside Higher Ed, November 4, 2009 When I became an academic vice president and then a president, I was fortunate. A good friend and former president agreed to be my sounding board. In the beginning, I am...

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What Search Consultants Do

What Search Consultants Do

Originally published: "What Search Consultants Do," Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2009 Curious, a commenter on my IHE piece, “How Candidates Can Stand Out (in a Good Way),” wrote, “It is hard not to think that when search consultants are involved, the search process is...

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How Candidates Can Stand Out (in a Good Way)

How Candidates Can Stand Out (in a Good Way)

Originally published: "How Candidates Can Stand Out (in a Good Way)," Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2009 Candidates in all searches, administrative and faculty alike, are inevitably confronted with variables that they cannot control, most notably the strength of their...

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On Being Presidential

On Being Presidential

Originally published: "On Being Presidential," Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2009 In several years as a search consultant, I have been struck by how quickly and easily presidential search committees agree on which semi-finalists they can envision as their next...

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Boards and Presidents — After the Hire

Boards and Presidents — After the Hire

Originally published: "Boards and Presidents -- After the Hire," Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2009 The world of higher education is replete with stories of new presidents who have floundered in their first several years. (Fortunately, there are many more examples of...

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Toward a Smooth Presidential Transition

Toward a Smooth Presidential Transition

Originally published: "Toward a Smooth Presidential Transition," Trusteeship (AGB), September-October 2003 Trusteeship, v11 n5 p13-17 Sep-Oct 2003 Discusses the role of the board of trustees and the incumbent president in managing the transition to a new college...

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Change & Its Consequences

Change & Its Consequences

Originally published: Change and Its Consequences, published in Liberal Education, Fall 2000 Most college administrators are being bombarded with reports urging change and describing how to effect it. At the same time, colleges and universities are faced with new...

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Alcohol Policies Your Campus Can Live With

Alcohol Policies Your Campus Can Live With

Originally published: Alcohol Policies Your Campus Can Live With, published in Trusteeship, March/April 2000 At a recent government-sponsored meeting on college drinking, I received a call from my office that a student from my own campus had been cited for creating a...

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College Drinking: The Elephant on Campus

College Drinking: The Elephant on Campus

Originally published: College drinking: the elephant on campus, op-ed piece in The Seattle Times (January 31, 2000) Shortly after returning home from a National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) meeting on college drinking, I learned that a student from...

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