Common Characteristics of Successful Leaders

Former ACE Fellow Scott Newman discusses what makes an outstanding college leader in an essay originally posted on Inside Higher Ed.

Facing Crisis in Faculty Retirement, Institutions Find Creative Solutions

Like other sectors of the U.S. workforce, higher education is facing a looming crisis in retirement as baby boomer faculty plan the next chapter of their lives. ACE’s Jean McLaughlin discusses five key takeaways on faculty retirement, for both institutions and faculty members themselves. This piece is drawn from the recent book, Faculty Retirement: Best Practices for Navigating the Transition.

Webster President Beth Stroble on College Leaders Who Tweet

The term “social media” has entered that rare stratosphere of fame and recognition normally reserved for rock stars and presidents. Now, rock stars and presidents bow to the power of social media. Webster President Beth Stroble, an enthusiastic early adopter when it comes to communication technologies, reflects on what this means for higher education.

Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard Look Beyond the Ivory Tower

Listen to two visionary college presidents discuss the relationship between colleges and the communities they inhabit on a recent episode of National Public Radio’s “On Being.” Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark (NJ), and Christopher Howard, president of Hampden–Sydney College in Virginia, talked with host Krista Tippett at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting last March.

Faculty and CFOs: It’s Not Us Versus Them

Instead of viewing each other as opposing sides, both faculty and business officers must come together to participate in budget discussions and help ensure that institutions are operating in ways that are financially sustainable, writes Audrey Bilger. 

As We Remember Katrina and Recovery, Don’t Neglect Higher Education’s Role

As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will no doubt read and hear stories of rescue and rebuilding and the people who made a difference. When we do, we must also recall the way the higher education community pulled together to save and restore a critical element of the Gulf Coast’s infrastructure—its wide array of colleges and universities.

Hurricane Katrina: Colleges Helping Colleges

Colleges and universities around the country volunteered in unprecedented numbers and ways to help Gulf Coast institutions 10 years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Below is a brief reading list highlighting these efforts.

The Beat Goes On

ACE Fellow Audrey Bilger reflects on her year spent as a higher education leader-in-training.

ISU President Steven Leath: Prioritize Agricultural Research

By 2050, the world population is projected to increase by roughly one third, creating one of the greatest conundrums in history: How to produce as much food in the next 35 years as we have produced in the previous several thousand. Iowa State President Steven Leath writes about his institution’s role in addressing this challenge, and the need to make agricultural research a national priority.

UAB Advancing Women Leaders in Alabama

As of 2011, 26 percent of college presidencies nationally were occupied by women, just a three percent increase since 2006. A group of women at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is working to change that number by forming the Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. This new initiative is part of… Read more »

DMU President Angela Franklin: An Unconventional Journey

Higher education leaders from around the country gathered last week in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the progress of ACE’s Moving the Needle initiative, which is working toward the goal of women holding 50 percent of college and university presidencies by 2030. In this post, Des Moines University President Angela Franklin talks about the importance of women leaders sharing their personal stories.

Opening Cuba and the World to Webster University Students

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced that he was restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba, a historic decision that is ending over 50 years of frozen relations. Higher education has been one of the main beneficiaries of these early efforts. Beth Stroble, president of Webster University in Missouri, explores the future for continued cooperation between U.S. and Cuban institutions.