Examining leadership research and trends to help higher education leaders thrive in a complex global environment and are prepared for the challenge of serving complex institutions in the modern world. By staff members from ACE’s Leadership Division and ACE member guest writers, who believe that fulfilling higher education’s mission in the 21st century depends upon a visionary, bold and diverse community of institutional leaders.

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LGBTQ Talent and Institutional Success

Charles R. Middleton, president emeritus of Roosevelt University, writes that diversity and inclusion are essential to assuring long-term success for higher education institutions. And it is clear that we cannot achieve our maximum potential without taking advantage of the considerable talent and commitment to our institutions that LGBTQ employees, students, alumni and community leaders bring.

Lead with Data. Inspire with Leadership.

Bob Shea, senior fellow at the National Association of College and University Business Officers, sat on the ACE2016 panel “Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results.” During the Q&A, the common theme emerged of how to get started on the difficult work of moving to a sustainable economic model. Shea considers that question.

Dynamic Diversity: How Campus Leaders Can Respond to Student Protests

Liliana Garces and Uma Jayakumar explore the concept of dynamic diversity, a new model for understanding critical mass, promoting inclusive environments and facilitating the benefits of educational diversity on campus. This is the latest post in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

On Diversifying the Higher Education Leadership Pipeline

ACE Leadership Vice President Lynn Gangone writes that our pipelines are filled with well-qualified women and men, yet our leadership at the top is still predominantly white, predominantly male and predominantly older. ACE’s upcoming American College President Study may indicate movement for women and men and women of color, as well as other underrepresented groups such as LGBT presidents.

Racial Climate on Campus: A Survey of College Presidents

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy fielded its first national Pulse Point anonymous online survey of college and university presidents in January 2016 to better understand their experiences, perceptions and (re)actions on the timely issue of campus racial climate. Lorelle Espinosa, Hollie Chessman and Lindsay Wayt look at the results.

Dispatches From Riyadh

ACE Leadership Vice President Lynn M. Gangone writes about her journey to Saudi Arabia, where she is participating in the first Women’s Leadership Forum sponsored by Academic Leadership Center, part of the Ministry of Education and housed at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.