Why being a university president is not for the faint of heart: Opinion


In a recent article for the Globe and Mail, writer Harvey Schachter discusses the difficulties of taking on the role of a university president. Schachter writes that presidents are facing the same general challenges they faced in the past, but with the added complications of increased polarization and an impression of diminished or limited authority. The author discusses the nature of leadership at the university, where there is less of a hierarchy of authority and a president is often charged with leading other leaders. Schachter concludes with three recommendations for leaders: Set time aside to recharge, expect to use a “hierarchy” of AI in the future, and try to be “the most interested person in the room.”

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