Managing Colleges and Universities: Issues for Leadership

By Allan M. Hoffman; Randal W. Summers | Go to book overview

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A Memorandum from Machiavelli on the Principled Use of Power in the Academy

Daniel J. Julius, J. Victor Baldridge, and Jeffrey Pfeffer

TO: Presidents, Senior Administrators, and Faculty Leaders Who Would Seek Change

FROM: Niccolo Machiavelli Former Assistant to Presidents University of the Medici

Permit me to take a brief moment of your valuable time to introduce myself. I served for years as special assistant to kings, dukes, generals, several popes and, as well, numerous presidents, senior executives, and faculty at the University of the Medici. I have significant domestic and international experience -- for in this capacity, I have also worked with governors, state and national legislators, wealthy donors, foundations, public relations firms, religious societies, city and county officials, law enforcement agencies, and community activists. I have also coordinated activities with ministers of education throughout Europe.

I had the distinct pleasure of hearing your recent addresses to your Faculty Senates. You spoke of bold tomorrows, the need for change in your institutions, including the manner in which work is accomplished and evaluated. You discussed technology, distance learning, diversity, student services, the need for alternative criteria to evaluate faculty, new relationships with unions, funding, and student and alumni constituencies. You discussed how the role of the university, with the state, the city, and the federal government, will change. You cited emerging relationships with the business community and argued persuasively, in my opinion, that unless the

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