Title

College Presidents: Voices of Civic Virtue and the Common Good of Democracy

Publication Date

2002

Document Type

Article

Abstract

America’s colleges and universities have contributed significantly to civic virtue and the common good of democracy. College presidents undergird this heritage by affirming the relationship of education to fundamental civic virtues and values of democracy. Contemporary presidents and their actions navigating controversies and issues are exemplary of this continuing commitment today despite the challenges of increasing pluralism and diversity. The argument presented is that presidents can and should use the values of the academy to express their voice to respond to these situations and to recreate a civil religion capable of maintaining the civic virtue and common good of democracy.

Original Citation

Nelson, S. (2002). College Presidents: Voices of Civic Virtue and the Common Good of Democracy. Journal of Leadership Studies, 8(3), 11.