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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DMU President Angela Franklin: An Unconventional Journey

Higher education leaders from around the country gathered last week in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the progress of ACE’s Moving the Needle initiative, which is working toward the goal of women holding 50 percent of college and university presidencies by 2030. In this post, Des Moines University President Angela Franklin talks about the importance of women leaders sharing their personal stories.

Opening Cuba and the World to Webster University Students

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced that he was restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba, a historic decision that is ending over 50 years of frozen relations. Higher education has been one of the main beneficiaries of these early efforts. Beth Stroble, president of Webster University in Missouri, explores the future for continued cooperation between U.S. and Cuban institutions.

How to Explode a Myth: Reshaping the Conversation About the Liberal Arts

Higher education leaders are living and leading in the context of increased public scrutiny, demands for greater public accountability, and a “new normal” of constrained resources. Educational leaders must redouble our efforts to clarify the essential components of a high-quality college degree and provide evidence on that oft-repeated and anxiety-generated question: Is college really worth it?

A Half-Century of Fellowship

Audrey Bilger on the extended network of ACE Fellows that has supported higher education leadership through the years.

Celebrating 50 Years of the ACE Fellows Program

A look at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the ACE Fellows Program from current Fellow Audrey Bilger, who is blogging her way through her year at the University of California Riverside.

Leadership and Authenticity

In her latest post, ACE Fellow Audrey Bilger argues for a leadership style that stresses “adaptive authenticity.”