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ERIC Number: EJ885234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
The Education of a Freshman President
Kunkel, Thomas
Trusteeship, v18 n2 p29-32 Mar-Apr 2010
In the summer of 2008, the author had become president of St. Norbert, a nationally ranked and respected liberal-arts college founded in 1898 by the Norbertine order of Catholic priests. It is the only Norbertine institution of higher learning in the world, and the order's three core values--(1) "communio" or a deeply felt sense of community; (2) service to others; and (3) reflection--are likewise the core values of St. Norbert College. Those characteristics, as well as St. Norbert's strong commitment to its Catholic and liberal-arts missions, made the job extremely appealing when the author was brought into the search for the institution's seventh president. In this article, the author shares his experience as a freshman college president and provides a primer on what it means to be a first-time leader. As a freshman president at St. Norbert College, the author learned that college presidents must juggle many roles--and that which ones and when are often entirely out of the president's control.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin