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Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President

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"Lessons Learned" gives unprecedented access to the university president's office, providing a unique set of reflections on the challenges involved in leading both research universities and liberal arts colleges. In this landmark book, William Bowen, former president of Princeton University and of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and coauthor of the acclaimed best-seller "
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published November 21st 2010 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 11, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this book. It was a memoir, but it was also a guidebook from a 40 year history of higher education leadership. In conjunction with Birnabaum's How Academic Leadership Works, one can clearly see the characteristics of excellent leadership in higher education and where mediocrity rules. Highly recommend to all who enjoy memoirs and are interested in higher education.
"Bowen was President of Princeton when I was a student there in the 1980s and so this book is interesting to me on many levels. Bowen is a noted scholar of labor economics and higher education and his insights on higher education are tremendous. Even more interesting are his reflections on his service as Provost and President of Princeton, most particularly the lessons he learned. As a university administrator, myself, I found much to learn from this book and I recommend it highly to anyone who ...more
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President emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including the acclaimed bestseller The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions, Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities, and Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University Presiden ...more
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