Leadership & Governance

Why an HBCU Leader Felt Compelled to Speak Out on Race and Policing

John Silvanus Wilson Jr., president of Morehouse College, wrote a widely cited essay for The Huffington Post about an incident in which he was stopped by the police "for no apparent reason." He hopes his experience is instructive to a new generation of black men.


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When a Board Fires a President Who Fired a Provost

The leadership shake-up at Temple University, where the Board of Trustees is moving to dismiss Neil D. Theobald, is a story of shifting blame and questions of financial mismanagement.


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Video: Adapting in Tough Times

Allison Garrett, president of Emporia State University, in Kansas, talks about how her institution is dealing with a challenging state budget.

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When a Chancellor Blocks a Student on Twitter

The blocking, then unblocking, of a student by the chancellor at East Carolina University demonstrates how quickly college leaders can find themselves taking heat online.


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Video: The Challenges Facing Low-Income Female Students

Being a low-income student is difficult, but it’s even more difficult if you’re also a woman. Barbara Gault, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, says colleges’ schedules and services have long catered to traditional, childless students. They should change to accommodate a new student population.

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Gay College Leaders Reflect on Barriers, and How Far They’ve Come

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education held its second annual conference in the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay Americans. Even in the aftermath of that tragedy, some members saw encouraging signs.


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Video: N.C. ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Discriminatory

Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, says a controversial law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates is discriminatory and could damage his campus's standing in the scholarly community.



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As U. of Louisville’s President Steps Down, Kentucky Governor Seeks to Upend Its Board

Gov. Matt Bevin disbanded the Board of Trustees, put an interim board in place, and sought to create a new governance structure. One faculty member called the moves "political gangsterism."

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What Are College Governing Boards Getting From Their Search Firms?

A new analysis finds that contracts frequently give headhunters wide latitude to operate, and impose few specific requirements.


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A New Scholarship Inspired by the Founding Father of Finance, via Broadway

The award at Wesleyan University honors the two men behind Hamilton, the smash-hit musical. Michael S. Roth, the university's president, explains how it came together.


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Dispute Between Chancellor and System President Clouds UC-Davis in Controversy

As Linda P.B. Katehi fights an investigation into her conduct as chancellor, it’s not just her future at stake; it’s the reputation of her institution, too.


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Baylor’s New Provost Seeks to Foster a ‘Morally Significant’ Culture

L. Gregory Jones says such an approach would not only address sexual assault but also "help us think differently about bullying and about the ways we relate to each other."


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U. of Akron Chief's Resignation Ends a Rocky Presidency

Scott L. Scarborough's critics saw his short tenure as a rejection of the idea that a corporate philosophy could help higher education. Others, however, faulted Mr. Scarborough's particular leadership style.


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‘Fundamental Failure’ on Sexual Assaults Brings Sweeping Change at Baylor

The university’s leaders face a steep challenge in enacting the reforms that they promised after Baylor’s response to sexual violence, especially involving its football team, was found to be riddled with problems.


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With Ken Starr’s Future in Doubt, Baylor Alumni Come to His Defense

A petition urging the regents to keep the president in office has gained more than a thousand signatures. But some say the effort is misguided.


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The Fallout at Baylor

A sexual-assault controversy has led the university to demote its president and take action against members of its athletics staff. Here's how it happened, and what might come next.


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Video: A Longtime Force in Higher Education Reflects on the Changing Landscape

David Longanecker, set to retire as president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, says colleges must become more “friendly” to low-income and first-generation students.


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Questions Swirl Amid Reports of Baylor President’s Firing

The university refused to comment on reports that Kenneth W. Starr had been ousted following a series of sexual-assault cases involving football players.


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Discussing Past Suicide Attempts, Cincinnati President Aims to Lessen Stigma

Santa J. Ono explains his decision to openly discuss his past battles with mental illness, including two separate occasions in which he sought to take his own life.

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What Happened Before Burlington College Threw In the Towel

Yves Bradley, chair of the college’s board, describes attempts to save the college — including a last-ditch proposal to merge with another institution — and what it was like to decide that time had finally run out.


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Video: Owning the K-12 Challenge

Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the SUNY system, says it's time to rethink how public universities prepare tomorrow’s educators.


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How George Mason Became Koch’s Academic Darling

Through his foundation, the billionaire libertarian Charles G. Koch has given millions to the university. For some faculty members, that raises concerns about his influence.


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Video: Pentagon's Research Arm Seeks Wider Relationship With University Scientists

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discusses the importance of university research and new projects involving academic scientists.


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Video: Why a 'Big-Picture Education' Has Never Been More Important

Carol Geary Schneider, who will retire in June from the presidency of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, describes what we know about a high-quality education and its greatest threats.


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At the U. of Missouri, Searching for President Everything

After protests rocked its flagship campus, the system is seeking an executive who possesses a broad range of qualifications. The question, one faculty leader asked, "is whether any human alive can meet all of them."