Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It
Presidencies Derailed is the first book to explore in depth why university presidencies fail and how university and college leadership can forestall, if not prevent, future leadership failures. Former university president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, along with professor Gerald B. Kauvar and former chancellor E. Grady Bogue organize, classify, and explain patterns of leadership failures, drawing on firsthand testimonies from "derailed" university presidents, sixteen case studies in four sectors of higher education, and reviews of the scholarly literature on leadership failures in the public and private sectors.
"A book with relevance far beyond academe."— Harvard Business Review
"This book should be read by presidential search committees and purchased by vice presidents worried about their president’s success."— New England Journal of Higher Education
"Every derailed presidency has its own story. The risk of failure is high."— Washington Post
"A good resource for those serving on search committees, aspiring presidents, and others interested in leadership transitions."— Review of Higher Education
"Without qualification, this book is and will remain the classic on why university presidents succeed or fail."—Warren G. Bennis, University of Southern California
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was a long-serving president of George Washington University and the former president of the University of Hartford. He is the author of Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education, Reflections on Higher Education, and Speaking His Mind: Five Years of Commentary on Higher Education. Gerald B. Kauvar is a research professor of public policy and public administration and the special assistant to the president emeritus at George Washington University. E. Grady Bogue (1935–2013) was the chancellor of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and the coauthor of Quality and Accountability in Higher Education: Improving Policy, Enhancing Performance.