Leaders in the Labyrinth: College Presidents and the Battle of Creeds and Convictions
The book manuscript, Leaders in the Labyrinth: College Presidents and the Battle of Creeds and Convictions, (working title with Praeger Press, spring/summer 2007 publication date) that is the centerpiece of this proposal is based on research conducted under a Kellogg Foundation grant supported study of fifteen contemporary college and university presidents. The research featured interviews and presidential speeches and other writings, and the results of this data and materials are the basis of the book.
This book examines the issues that today’s presidents grapple with in and outside the gates of the academy. Among the major themes are that presidents must hold the center of the academy and that navigating this challenge, rather than a wishy-washy, lowest common denominator refuge, is a profound moral challenge for presidents, one that requires great courage to pursue, and the greatest intellectual and persuasive powers presidents are able to muster from their pulpits as they seek to influence and inspire constituents and constituencies.
Nelson, Stephen J. (2007). Leaders in the Labyrinth: College Presidents and the Battle of Creeds and Convictions. CARS Small Grants. Item 37.