Title: An Evaluation of the Role of the University President in a Constantly Evolving World
Stream: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Serwan Baban, Kurdistan Region Presidency, Iraq
As society evolves and technology advances, a university like any other dynamic institution will need to change and adjust its teaching, research and community service to stay relevant, keep pace and prepare future professionals and leaders. These adjustments need to be reflected in the university’s planning and strategic thinking to meet its objectives.
Consequently, the role of a university president is constantly evolving as they are tasked with strategically developing and positioning their university to benefit from future developments and provide best possible service to the community.
Experience shows that whilst university presidents have the most important, challenging and dynamic position at their respective universities, they typically have training and expertise which can be best described as ‘narrow and deep’ this contrasts with the skills needed for the presidential role in a changing world which requires ‘broad experience ‘across many disciplines of academia, management and finance.
This paper will analyse and reflect on the role of the university president or leader of a higher education institution in a changing world. It will argue that university presidents often lack the essential training and expertise needed for the presidential role which can be best described as ‘broad experience’ across many disciplines of academia, management and finance. Then, it will offer some thoughts to maximize chances for success in a relentlessly changing world.
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