ERIC Number: ED254186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
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Executive Succession and Institutional Change: A Case Study of the University of New Mexico, 1967-1972.
Bjork, Lars G.
The history of the University of New Mexico during 1967-1972, when a new president was appointed, is examined. Attention is focused primarily on the environmental milieu relating to federal support of university research and the president's leadership initiative in establishing the Office of the Vice President for Research. In reviewing institutional developments, consideration is given to environmental change, institutional adaptation, and leadership. Executive succession appeared to come at a time in the university's development when a shift toward research was necessary to maintain the institution's equilibrium with its external environment. The president recognized not only the importance of faculty research but the need to initiate change in the university's internal structure. The Office of Vice President for Research was needed to provide administrative support for faculty research and to establish an administrative proposal-review mechanism and a grant-evaluation and reporting mechanism. An overview of the linkages between universities and the federal government is included, along with information on the ethnohistorical approach used in collecting the data for the case study. (SW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Presidents, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Organizational Change, Political Influences, Research Projects, Researchers, Scholarship, State Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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