Leading a postsecondary institution in the hybrid era: Opinion


Reflecting on her experience taking office in January 2021, Cathy Sandeen has penned an article on leadership and presidency in a hybrid era. “I believe we’re entering a new era of leadership … that will require forethought, adaptation, and customization,” writes Sandeen. In this new era, in addition to needing to balance the competing needs of different stakeholders on campus, presidents need to navigate different schedules and stakeholder group expectations. Sandeen describes some of the key takeaways from her time as president, such as how connecting with others now requires more deliberate action than pre-pandemic and how she is finding more value in smaller, more personal networking events. “At the end of the day, it’s about the mission — creating opportunity for students to thrive,” she concludes. “They will live and work in the hybrid world of the future. We should embrace the idea that this future is now.” Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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