The Faculty Factor

Leadership controversies abound these days, and in the past year, faculty members at multiple universities have pushed back against efforts to remove presidents — sometimes successfully, sometimes not… The complicated picture that emerges from these conflicts raises questions about how much authority faculty members – particularly at large public research universities, which seem to be ground zero for such disputes – have in debates about the future of their institutions. At a time when there is increasing pressure for universities to change quickly and dramatically, and institutions are vesting more authority in presidents and boards, these debates show that faculty members, when organized, can still exert significant pressure on boards.

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