Leading the Public University: Essays, Speeches, and Commentary
Leading the Public University provides an account of the challenges faced by public higher education through the eyes of a man who spent over a decade as the head of a major public university. This compilation of essays, speeches, and articles written during the administration of David C. Hardesty, Jr., depicts the history of West Virginia University during the twelve-year period that he led from 1995-2007 while representing the communication tools he used to achieve cultural change and to advance the university's official agenda. Aside from integrity, no other attribute is more important for a university president than formulating the strategic messages to be delivered on and off campus and speaking to and on behalf of the institution. Leading a university requires that the president assume the mantle of public leadership. A university president interacts not only with the students and faculty in the academy, but--just as importantly--with public officials, legislators, business leaders, donors, and alumni. A president must represent the mission, vission, and values of post-secondary public education in order to garner support from the state and community. The speeches and essays contained in this collection offer an in-depth examination of the public nature of leadership that must be exhibited by a university president.
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