Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Planner of Raid That Killed Bin Laden Could Lead U. of Texas

Adm. William H. McRaven, leader of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is a top candidate to be chancellor of the University of Texas system, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Saturday. Admiral McRaven, who planned the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in 2011, earned a degree in journalism from the university’s Austin campus in 1977 and began his military training as a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps there. His speech in May to the graduating class of that campus, includi…


4 Trustees Resign From Tennessee’s Bryan College

Four members of the Board of Trustees of Bryan College, in Dayton, Tenn., have resigned, citing concerns over the leadership of the college’s president, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Tensions at the small Christian institution have been simmering in recent months, after the college clarified its 80-year-old statement of faith. The statement asserts that all of humanity is descended from Adam and Eve, and that they are historical figures not created from previous life forms. The new …


Anonymous Website Takes Aim at Paine College’s President

An anonymous website that has publicized a myriad of allegations against Paine College’s president is seeking his removal from office, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

The so-called Paine Project claims to be a “collaboration of persons who have an interest and a stake in the prosperity of Paine College,” including current and former students and faculty and staff members. Its website asserts that the historically black college’s president, George C. Bradley, and his wife have led the Georg…


Papers Consider Changes in Higher-Ed Business Model and Faculty Roles

Two new white papers from the American Council on Education explore challenges to the traditional higher-education business model and what it might mean to reshape the roles of faculty members. The papers stem from discussions that took place last year when 14 college presidents participated in the council’s Presidential Innovation Lab, an effort designed to allow the leaders to examine how new technologies and learning methods could help increase the number of Americans who earn college degrees…


President of U. of Texas Flagship Will Stay On Until June

William C. Powers Jr., president of the University of Texas at Austin, will remain in his post until June 2, 2015, according to a statement from the system’s chancellor, Francisco G. Cigarroa.

The announcement comes as a surprise and represents a victory for Mr. Powers and his supporters, who mobilized in protest after news broke last weekend that the president had been asked to resign or risk being fired by the system’s regents this week. Mr. Powers had said he would be willing to step down nex…


Former President of Colby College Will Lead Humanities Endowment

William D. Adams, who stepped down last month as president of Colby College, in Maine, will be the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The U.S. Senate voted to confirm his appointment on Wednesday, and he will begin his work as chairman in the coming days.

President Obama announced the appointment in April. Mr. Adams will succeed James A. Leach, who resigned as chairman last year.


Reporters to Follow as the U. of Texas at Austin Saga Unfolds

News last weekend that William C. Powers Jr., president of the University of Texas at Austin, had been asked to resign or risk being fired caused an uproar this week on the flagship campus. Faculty members have mobilized in support of Mr. Powers, whose fate is expected to be decided on Thursday at a meeting of the university system’s Board of Regents.

If you want to stay up to date on the drama, here’s a list of journalists who have been covering the story, along with their Twitter handles:

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After Protests, Washington and Lee U. Will Take Down Confederate Flags

Washington and Lee University will remove Confederate flags from a campus chapel after black law students protested them, among other aspects of the campus that they say glorify Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy, reports The Roanoke Times.

The Virginia university’s president, Kenneth P. Ruscio, announced the decision in a statement released on Tuesday. The statement described the university’s “historic involvement with slavery” as “a regrettable chapter of our history,” and noted that it owned 7…


U. of Southern Maine President Will Leave Post for Job With System

Theodora J. Kalikow will step down this month as president of the University of Southern Maine to take a job with the University of Maine system as an acting vice chancellor who will work on a one-year community-engagement effort, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Ms. Kalikow’s new job will run through the end of next June, when her current contract expires. She has served as the Southern Maine campus’s interim president during a period of financial turmoil. In April she reversed course on a c…


Is Bid to Oust Powers a Texas-Size Repeat of the UVa Debacle? Not Really.

The fight shaping up at the University of Texas over the future of its flagship campus’s president—William C. Powers Jr.—has all the makings of a barnburner. Here’s the skinny: News broke over the July 4 weekend that Mr. Powers had been asked by Francisco G. Cigarroa, the system’s chancellor, to resign or risk being fired at a meeting of the Board of Regents this week.

Sound familiar? Two years ago, Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, made national headlines by resigning…