The College President’s Role During Times of Crisis
As we approach the end of 2023, in an era marked by heightened challenges around the world, it has never been more important for university presidents to serve as steadfast institutional leaders during times of crisis.
Case in point: the COVID-19 pandemic tested every president and every campus beginning in March 2020 and continuing today. During this tumultuous period, I led a campus community as president of the University of La Verne and published several articles addressing the importance of wearing presidential bifocals through the pandemic. Meanwhile, the American Council on Education, where I currently serve as a senior advisor to President Ted Mitchell, provided webinars, blog posts, and other tools that helped me and other campus leaders navigate through the crisis. In other words, the successful president must address what campuses across the country need at any given moment while also working to ensure a successful institutional future.
Originally published: November 28, 2023
Author: Devorah Lieberman
Institution: University of La Verne
Published by: Higher Education Today