Pitfalls That Can End a Presidency

October 27, 2016

Missteps of all kinds can derail a presidency, even one that may have been going well in other respects. Failure to respond adequately to complaints of racism or sexual assault on a campus can bring a leader down. So can conflicts with the Board of Trustees, incautious remarks about getting rid of underperforming students, poor management, and, in one outlying example, the theft of college funds. Once presidents are in a tough spot, online-reputation-management firms may not be able to get them out of it, and may even lead them into deeper trouble. This 32-page collection offers several examples of how modern presidencies have foundered.

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