What does Level 5 Leadership look like in #highered marketing?

One of the many intriguing sessions I attended during last month’s CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement was a session titled “Lessons from Advancement’s Level 5 Leaders.” Presented by Daniel P. Saftig, senior consultant and principal at Marts&Lundy, the talk focused on leaders in fundraising so it wasn’t really in my bailiwick. (To the chagrin of communicators, marketers and alumni relations people, fundraising is still what many people, even in the business, think of when they hear the word advancement.) But Saftig’s big question — “What does Level 5 Leadership look like in fundraising?” — intrigued me enough that I’ve been thinking about a similar question: Continue reading “What does Level 5 Leadership look like in #highered marketing?”

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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International students can make America first in #highered

The seven countries affected by the travel ban. Map via CNN.
The seven countries affected by the travel ban. Map via CNN.

Soon after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, to restrict U.S. entry by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, college and university officials issued a flurry of statements in response. They ranged from generic and cautiously worded memos expressing support and guidance for students and scholars from the affected countries to stronger messages critical of the Trump administration’s ban. (Purdue President Mitch Daniels’ statement — which calls the executive order “a bad idea, poorly implemented” — was among the strongest and most straightforward I’ve seen, but I’m sure there are others.) Continue reading “International students can make America first in #highered”

Friday Five: Thanks, Obama

Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. (Photo via InsideHigherEd.com)
Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. (Photo via InsideHigherEd.com)

This blog was born in 2005, during the tumultuous first year of George W. Bush’s second term as president, but it grew up during the Barack Obama presidency. Obama made his way into several posts here over the past eight years — no surprise, given the constitutional law professor’s interest in higher education policy. As Inside Higher Ed’s Doug Lederman and Paul Fain wrote on Thursday, “[N]o president in history has, with his rhetoric, so clearly embraced the idea that postsecondary education is a must for individuals and essential for the country’s economic and societal well-being” or “pushed as hard to improve its efficacy, from the belief that something so valuable should deliver on its promises.” Continue reading “Friday Five: Thanks, Obama”

As a brand evolves, what’s in a name?

NASA is one of many organizations that have made a shorthand version of their name the official name.
NASA is one of many organizations that have made a shorthand version of their name the official name.

If you were to take a person-on-the-street poll in the USA about NASA, I’m guessing that a majority of respondents would have heard of the organization. Most of them could also probably identify NASA as “America’s space agency” or words to that effect. Continue reading “As a brand evolves, what’s in a name?”