Leading in Academia

conductor hands

When I first became Provost and Dean of the College of Letters and Science, my
boss at the time, Rod Park, joked, “My hand’s on the lever of power, but it’s not
attached to anything.” Rod’s remark captured an important truth. Leadership
positions in colleges and universities have little direct power, such as one imagines the CEO of a corporation might hold (although even my friends who are CEO’s of companies say this is a fantasy).