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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Common Characteristics of Successful Leaders

Former ACE Fellow Scott Newman discusses what makes an outstanding college leader in an essay originally posted on Inside Higher Ed.

Facing Crisis in Faculty Retirement, Institutions Find Creative Solutions

Like other sectors of the U.S. workforce, higher education is facing a looming crisis in retirement as baby boomer faculty plan the next chapter of their lives. ACE’s Jean McLaughlin discusses five key takeaways on faculty retirement, for both institutions and faculty members themselves. This piece is drawn from the recent book, Faculty Retirement: Best Practices for Navigating the Transition.

Webster President Beth Stroble on College Leaders Who Tweet

The term “social media” has entered that rare stratosphere of fame and recognition normally reserved for rock stars and presidents. Now, rock stars and presidents bow to the power of social media. Webster President Beth Stroble, an enthusiastic early adopter when it comes to communication technologies, reflects on what this means for higher education.

Faculty and CFOs: It’s Not Us Versus Them

Instead of viewing each other as opposing sides, both faculty and business officers must come together to participate in budget discussions and help ensure that institutions are operating in ways that are financially sustainable, writes Audrey Bilger. 

As We Remember Katrina and Recovery, Don’t Neglect Higher Education’s Role

As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will no doubt read and hear stories of rescue and rebuilding and the people who made a difference. When we do, we must also recall the way the higher education community pulled together to save and restore a critical element of the Gulf Coast’s infrastructure—its wide array of colleges and universities.

The Beat Goes On

ACE Fellow Audrey Bilger reflects on her year spent as a higher education leader-in-training.