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ERIC Number: EJ766440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-4
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Wanted: Crisis President
Fain, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n35 pA17 May 2007
As the events of Virginia Tech tragedy recede in time, leaders of other colleges and universities are sure to look at Virginia Tech president Charles W. Steger's performance and question the readiness of presidents to act like corporate executives, take visible control of a campus in crisis, manage the onslaught of cameras and microphones, and strike the right tones of both grief and confidence. As Steger joins the ranks of leaders who have been called upon to manage campus disasters, higher-education observers say crisis management continues to grow in importance among the skills that institutions look for in their presidents. But many new presidents, especially those promoted from provost positions, do not have experience handling decision making and public communications during difficult times--and some presidents say there is no way to prepare adequately for a campus-wide calamity, apart from a commitment to authenticity and candor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia