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Drawing on his experiences as president of the U. of Michigan from 1988 to 1996, Duderstadt (science and engineering, U. of Michigan) presents a combined memoir of his tenure with a commentary on the state of the contemporary American university presidency. Coverage includes a brief history of the U. of Michigan and ways that earlier Michigan presidents shaped and were shaped by their tenure, the various paths to a university presidency, the selection and evaluation of university leadership, the diverse roles and responsibilities of the contemporary university president, and the personal and professional life of an individual holding such a post. Duderstadt offers current and future administrators an insightful primer on academic leadership and ideas about the directions higher education should take in the 21st century. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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