The college presidency: A tough job, about to get tougher

Here’s what it takes to be a college president, according to a recent report by the Aspen Institute.

The late business management expert Peter Drucker is credited with saying that one of the four toughest jobs in the U.S. is that of the college president. (The other three tough jobs are church pastor, hospital CEO and president of the United States.) Whether Drucker ever actually made that claim is questionable, but, this blog post notwithstanding, the internet has taken this anecdote as gospel and run with it. Continue reading “The college presidency: A tough job, about to get tougher”

From CMO to CEO: Could it work in #highered?

AdAge reports that Dick’s Sporting Goods has promoted its chief marketing officer Lauren Hobart to president. The appointment is “a rare move for retail,” writes AdAge’s Adrianne Pasquarelli, but not so uncommon for other sectors. “[A]s brands assign more responsibility and credibility to their top marketers, it’s becoming a more frequent trajectory.” Continue reading “From CMO to CEO: Could it work in #highered?”

Friday Five: Cap and gown edition

Commencement season is upon us, and in the higher ed world, it’s already off to a heated start. Earlier this week, students at Bethune-Cookman University booed and turned their backs to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she began her speech to the class of 2017 there. More protests are expected when President Trump steps up to the podium at Liberty University’s commencement Saturday. Continue reading “Friday Five: Cap and gown edition”

Book review: ‘Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction’

In a few short days, the world will be awash in media hype to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released on June 1, 1967. Frequently cited as the greatest album ever made , Sgt. Pepper’s is a pop culture touchstone that has influenced countless musicians over the past half century. The record’s golden anniversary has spawned several new books, a “super deluxe” album reissue, a new documentary about the Fab Four andeven  a pretty hilarious mashup of the album with another pop culture icon, Star Wars.

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Friday Five: #MarchForScience Eve edition

Tomorrow, scores of scientists and supporters of science will take to the streets of Washington, D.C., and elsewhere to march for science. For one day, science will come out of the lab and into the limelight, and if the media cover this event as expected, public attention will be directed to the importance of science to society. Continue reading “Friday Five: #MarchForScience Eve edition”