For Future College Chiefs, a Challenge to Balance Change and Consensus

Future college presidents will have to rapidly reinvent the institutions they lead while still respecting the often time-consuming process of building consensus across the campus, a panel of leadership experts gathered at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies said on Tuesday.

Finding administrators who can pull off such a balancing act, panelists said, is a pressing challenge that colleges may not be fully prepared to meet.

Michael M. Crow, president of