The Office of the President: University of Oregon

A Little Supervision Is a Good Thing

March 31st, 2011

by Matthew Hartley and Alan Ruby, for The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2011

A colleague in Central Asia who is steering the creation of a university that hopes to become a world-class research institution recently asked us why any college president would want to share power with a board of trustees. Why would he or she give up the freedom of action enjoyed under a distant ministry of education, which, in some cases, offers presidents or rectors broad authority?

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