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”

Does your marketing stand out?

How does your institution stand out among the higher ed herd?

One of my first aha! moments as a brand manager came years ago, by way of a book by Seth Godin called Purple Cow. That little book — still Godin’s best, in my opinion — hammered home a basic but essential theme for marketers: To be successful, businesses and their brands need to stand out among the competition.

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Help @karinejoly make a digital analytics roadmap

Take Karine Joly’s higher ed digital marketing analytics roadmap assessment (higheredexperts.com/hedmar)

If you’re into digital analytics, here’s your chance to help build a roadmap for yourself and other analytics aficionados. Continue reading “Help @karinejoly make a digital analytics roadmap”

Battling brand fatigue in #highered

“Let Go to Let It Grow” is the title of Tony Proudfoot’s CASE Currents article. (Photo via @tonyproudfoot.)

If you’re involved in any aspect of marketing, branding or communication at a college or university, and you are a member of CASE and receive CASE’s Currents magazine, then you owe it to yourself to read a great article about branding by Tony Proudfoot (@tonyproudfoot on Twitter) in the January-February issue of Currents.  Continue reading “Battling brand fatigue in #highered”