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Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It Hardcover – July 10, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (July 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421410249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421410241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without qualification, this book is and will remain the classic on why university presidents succeed or fail. Not to mention the lessons also apply to all top leadership!

(Warren Bennis, University of Southern California)

There are few university presidents like Stephen Joel Trachtenberg—at once knowledgeable, creative, commonsensical, likable, and aggressive (indeed, relentless, even outrageous) in the pursuit of institutional uplift and excellence.

(Jose A. Cabranes, U.S. Circuit Judge (New York) and trustee of Columbia University, former trustee of Yale University and Colgate University)

The authors provide a thoroughly researched account of career fiascos.

(Sara Michael Johns Hopkins University Gazette)

It's a book with relevance far beyond academe.

(Jeffrey Gedmin Harvard Business Review)

This book should be read by presidential search committees and purchased by vice presidents worried about their president’s success.

(Joseph M. Cronin New England Journal of Higher Education)

Every derailed presidency has its own story. And many resignations, abrupt retirements or terminations do not qualify as a derailment... The risk of failure is high.

(Nick Anderson Washington Post)

This is one of the best professional books I have ever read.

(John Boswell johnboswellblog.com)

From the Back Cover

"We all err," write Trachtenberg, Kauvar, and Bogue. "As academics, we must also believe that we can all learn how to reduce the chance for error. But human beings are endlessly imaginative and will no doubt continue to find new, innovative ways to mess up and also to do well and good."

In this mordant account of why university presidents fail, these authors show us why leadership in higher education is fraught with peril. Relying on first-hand 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, this book shows how good presidencies go bad. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Grady Bogue organize, classify, and explain patterns of leadership failures and offer key advice on how institutions, their boards, and their leaders can avoid these acrimonious battles.

Presidencies Derailed provides a menu of best practices designed to forestall, if not prevent, future leadership failures. With incisive commentary drawn on years of insider experience, this book offers clear examples of derailments and precise advice on how to prevent these institutional disasters at research universities, liberal arts colleges, master's level institutions, and even community colleges.


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In addition to being informative, the book isa good read.
Elizabeth T. Strunin
I give this background because throughout my lengthy career I would have benefited from the wisdom expressed in this splendid book.
Ann C. Sheffield
Second, this book is a must read for an audience much larger than the title implies.
Richard D. Budson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam on February 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Everyone in higher education is smart. Most people are extremely smart, at least in some narrow ways. Everyone who has earned a doctoral degree has also demonstrated high task commitment and at least average communication skills (they can write and verbally defend their work). So...why do so many presidents and chancellors get into trouble in the early tenure of their postings? First, those jobs are really complex and difficult to manage. I have heard folks from business and industry suggest that higher ed leadership jobs are tougher...much tougher...than top jobs in the private sector. I don't know if that is true or not, but I've been around higher ed enough to know that it is a very difficult job. The reasons a new leader fails are many and varied.But, from my perspective, so many new presidents fail these days because they simply think they absolutely know best without gaining a pretty deep understanding of the organizational culture they are operating in. I've heard university presidents refer to the faculty as employees. That goes over well. I've seen some pivot the curriculum almost completely to the instrumental and others cling to the purity of the liberal arts with no consideration of any practical application. I am not suggesting one is necessarily superior to the other, but pushing hard one way or the other without understanding the traditions and values of a particular campus is almost always a mistake. There are several examples of how new presidents have made these (and other) errors and new leaders would be wise to reflect on them and act accordingly. In sum, this is a really great book. Well written and timely. And unlike so many advice books these days. there is so much to be learned from it.
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Format: Hardcover
First, this is a superb read. . .articulate, clear, sensible, and timely. Second, this book is a must read for an audience much larger than the title implies. Although its focus is university presidents who left their position prematurely it applies as well to any new leader in a complex operating system such as large business entities. Third, with clarity, and eloquence the dynamic interaction between the president and the entire range of stakeholders is presented both theoretically as well with true life illustrations. Thus, undoubtedly these crucial participants in the college/university setting engaged in the selection and evaluation of an academic president should read this book. These include board members, faculty officers, alumni leaders, benefactors, engaged community and political leaders. The book not only relates importantly to the college/university presidential selection process, but also to the ongoing evaluation of the executive. It illustrates dramatically how unexpected crises can test the entire system--president and stakeholders alike, emphasizing all the more the essentiality of their reading this. Important guidelines involved in all phases of the process are included. A final thought, if only the candidate had sufficient humility to read this book before applying for the executive position, be it a college presidency or other, there is no doubt the benefit to be gained all around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather E McGowan on January 16, 2014
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While the conclusions of the 6 factors that can derail a presidency are applicable to any leadership position, the insight into the subculture of higher education including the complexity of managing up (boards), down (faculty, staff, students) and out (donors) is fascinating and right on
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Fuss on November 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Most of us don't expect to be a college president, but there is useful advice about everyday living in this book. Arrogance and unethical conduct are likely to derail a life just as surely as a college presidency. This is worth reading while holding up a mirror.
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This book is every bit as relevant to university presidents as it is to corporate CEOs, K-12 heads of school, social sector Executive Directors, and leaders in other organizations, hence it should be required reading for all boards and new executives.

Chapters apply the results of interviews with various firsthand observers to examine derailments in private and public institutions, community, master's and research levels, in diverse areas of the US. The personal narratives of two presidents are also included. The introductory and concluding chapters provide insightful analysis of attitudes and behaviors that tend to lead to greater or lesser success and identify six primary causes of presidential derailment: ethical lapses, poor interpersonal skills, inability to lead key constituencies, difficulty adapting, failure to meet business objectives, and board shortcomings. Some of these would be impossible to foresee, computerized personality inventories notwithstanding. Change management appears to be one of the most treacherous dynamics for presidents to navigate, as the alumni and some trustees wish to preserve, while others see the need for innovation. Trustees would do well to engage in a thorough self-assessment of the board prior to engaging in any search in order to ensure that they are actually following best practices in their internal dealings and to identify their expectations and the strategic priorities that the new leader must address. Naturally, effective communication on the part of all constituents, but particularly between the board and the president, is key to successful and productive tenures.
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