Leadership & Governance

When Nontraditional Presidents Come to Campus, the Reception Varies

Benjamin Rasmussen for The Chronicle

Bruce Benson, president of the U. of Colorado system, had to work to convince professors that his business background did not disqualify him from an academic-leadership role. "We started laying out an agenda with nothing that was harmful to them," he says.
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J. Bruce Harreld, the new president of the University of Iowa, has faced fierce opposition from faculty members and others who view his résumé as too light on higher-education experience for a campus chief. But he certainly isn’t the first...

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