This book is about how to survive, thrive, and make a difference as a leader in the political arena that can sometimes be overwhelming. First published in 2000, the book quickly rose to the bestseller list at the American Association of Community College’s bookstore as college administrators, university graduate students and college staff development officers recognized its importance as a learning and mentoring resource for current and future college leaders. The authors share ideas, anecdotes, and vicarious experiences that should help readers take advantage of career opportunities and, if necessary, survive pitfalls that may temporarily set them back. The Third Edition has been updated and expanded to reflect new challenges and new opportunities found on America’s community college campuses.
Bob Jensen has worked at "big & small" institutions, at all levels, in both Student Services and Instructional Services. He has been privileged to learn from great colleagues and serve the community and students. Always trying to improve the Institution and build on its strengths, he believes "good leadership" can make a difference.
Ray Giles had a 40-year career in community colleges, working at four different districts as well as two statewide associations. He ended his career as director of a national community college consulting firm.
Terminology Used in This Book
Chapter 1: What Am I Getting Into? Choices and Personal Decisions
Chapter 2: Thriving and Surviving on the Job
Chapter 3: Institutional Politics
Chapter 4: Presidential Issues
Chapter 5: Not for Trustees Only
Chapter 6: Ten Truths of Community College Leadership
About the Authors
“Since retiring as a community college CEO, I have worked with aspiring community college presidents. Jensen and Giles have written the book covering all the questions and concerns I encounter from future leaders. I wish that a book like this was available when I started my nearly three-decades-long tenure as a CEO. The advice and recommendations would have been invaluable to me as a new administrator.”
“This book is a must read if you are, or want to be, a successful administrator. And keep the book close to use regularly as a reference and valuable advisor. Being a college administrator is important, rewarding, exhilarating, demanding and impactful for the good of others. Follow the advice and counsel of Jensen and Giles and you, and your college, will thrive.”
“Rich in advice and wise insights predicated on experience.”