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Leading Academic Change

By Elaine Maimon

In a time of instability and disruption, how do we develop leadership characteristics that will bring about positive, meaningful change?

How do we lead change?

Leading Academic Change uses higher education as its prime example. And no doubt colleges and universities require fundamental, cultural change in the post-COVID world. But the book has wider implications for leading the changes necessary for growth and advancement in the third decade of the twenty-first century.

Leading Academic Change

Vision, Strategy, Transformation

Leading Academic Change addresses the following concepts:

  • Transformational rather than transactional leadership

  • Combining focus with peripheral vision

  • Recognizing and building on people’s strengths

  • Making decisions based on principle

  • Moving from managing to leading

  • Braiding together equity and quality

  • Breaking down exclusive social hierarchies that paralyze change

  • Establishing trust and adapting to local contexts

ISBN10: 1620365677 | ISBN13: 9781620365670

By: Elaine Maimon
Foreword by: Carol Geary Schneider


“One of America’s best university presidents has written a brilliant book that will surely inspire and instruct other educational leaders. Each page overflows with eloquence, wisdom, evidence, and powerful examples. This book is perhaps Maimon’s most significant gift to higher education. Anyone interested in transformation must read it.”

— Shaun R. Harper​

Clifford and Betty Allen Professor, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

“As you know, it takes a village to achieve our nation’s educational goals. I am comforted in knowing that we share a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those who aspire to achieve dreams that were once thought unattainable.”

— Eduardo J. Padrón​

Former President, Miami Dade College

“Raising the bar for student success is critical for America as it confronts the challenges of the twenty-first century. This is the right time to address transformational leadership in higher education and the indispensable role of public four-year comprehensive state colleges and universities. This book combines the author’s scholarly knowledge and practical experience to provide guidance, encouragement, and inspiration for transformational leadership. It is an indispensable resource for those committed to improving their institutions in the interest of student success.”

— Muriel A. Howard, Ph.D​

Former President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

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