Are You Creating the Long Term Vision for your University?

“Visionaries have clarity about the future, and are prepared to position their institutions for that future in order to thrive.” Dr. David Staley We find ourselves in the purest test of leadership in most of our lifetimes. In the midst of Covid-19, higher education — indeed, the entirety of our society— faces a crisis without precedent.  Across the postsecondary system, the overwhelming majority of attentional bandwidth is being directed toward navigating the coming academic year.…

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Lessons in Leadership from the Pandemic and Civil Unrest

“We’re not going to talk about work today, because this week my heart has been shattered into too many pieces to count,” I said, opening our daily meeting, “My comments are not political, they are not red or blue; instead, I want to talk about life, death, and humanity.” Until I said those words out loud, I wasn’t sure I would go through with it. I’m “just” an interim enrollment leader. Before we all became…

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Is Closing The Only Solution?

Last week the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System announced plans to close three campuses. Not one, three. This follows the closure or acquisition of four private colleges in our small state over the last two years. One additional institution closed in 2016, and two state campuses merged in 2018. Twenty three institutions less than five years ago, potentially brought down to 14. Here’s what’s bothering me about those numbers. I’m not convinced all of those…

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When will this end?

I’m a planner by nature. In both my personal and professional lives, I look outward to see what the future might have in store. Then I use information, coupled with gut instinct, to create plans with wiggle room for last minute changes. Since you’re a leader too, I suspect that you share that mindset. Your success has, in part, depended on your ability to synthesize information down to the most critical elements and rely on sound…

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