Friday Five: Follow the #highered leader edition

This morning, our chancellor at Missouri S&T, Cheryl B. Schrader, joined Twitter (as @SandTChancellor). Which makes sense, especially when you consider that [humblebrag] one of Twitter’s co-founders is a former S&T student, Jack Dorsey (@jack) [/humblebrag].

Chancellor Schrader’s first tweet

So, in honor of this momentous occasion, today’s Friday Five offers some resources and links about #highered presidents, chancellors and other leaders who have taken to Twitter.

  1. A good place to start is Andy Shaindlin‘s list of college and university presidents and other leaders who use Twitter.
  2. Revisit Patrick Powers‘ blog post, College presidents who lead 140 characters at a time. The post is over a year old but still provides great insights to the value of Twitter, and showcases some of the early adopters.
  3. Wondering about the value of Twitter for university leaders? Check Amanda Walgrove‘s piece on Huffington Post College, What College Presidents Can Gain From Tweeting. By taking to Twitter, college leaders “can serve to further personalize their institutions through online engagement and foster connection with a vast digital audience interested in the workings of an educational institution,” Walgrove writes. “Twitter provides a viable platform on which to connect with students, colleagues, alumni, student-run publications and groups, college offices and even prospective attendees.”
  4. One journalist’s take on why more college presidents should be on Twitter. The writer for this piece, Lauren Landry, focuses on three presidents from schools in and around Boston — Tufts’ Anthony Monaco, Babson College’s Len Schlesinger and Northeastern’s Joseph Aoun — and wonders, “Where is everyone else?”
  5. If the real college presidents aren’t tweeting (and even if they are), there’s a good chance someone is cranking up a parody account. In Fake college presidents go cray cray on the Twitters, The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson reports on the trend and serves up a cautionary tale for any leader planning to create a Twitter presence: Prepare to be parodied.

P.S. – For those who don’t know what a “humblebrag” is, here’s a bonus link.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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