1st Edition

Career Journeys of Diverse Leaders in Higher Education Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a study of diverse leadership development through the extraordinary journeys of ten retired presidents and chancellors who have left an indelible impact on higher education.

    Representing a rich multicultural background, each chapter tells a personal story of transformation and triumph, highlighting the various, non-traditional paths to senior leadership. Hailing from both private and public, two- and four-year institutions across the United States, these trailblazers showcase that excellence knows no bounds. Contributors reflect on the struggles and engagements with racialized ethnic realities and growing awareness of gender inequities. Discussion questions supply rich ground for meaningful engagement in book clubs, leadership classes, workshops, and institutes, prompting readers to plumb the depths of their own experiences in confronting justice, equity, and inclusion.

    Filled with captivating narratives touching on the common threads of shared values and invaluable life lessons that weave through diverse experiences, this book is a testament to the power of inspiration and motivation for those considering or dismissing their aspirations to achieve leadership roles in higher education.

    1.  Seizing the Moment: How a First-Generation Astrophysics Student Made an Impact as the Leader of a Major Research University  2. Hispanic Culture, Faith, and Leadership: A University President's Path from Philanthropy to Promoting Diversity and Inclusivity  3. The Pathfinding Asian Woman President: Three Lessons for Leading an Inclusive College for the 21st Century  4. Creative Leadership in Institution Building: The Unconventional Journey of a Woman Quantum Physicist in India  5. A Latino President’s Retrospective: Diversity, Ethnicity, and Race in American Higher Education  6. One Woman’s Path to the Presidency of a Woman’s College  7. An American Indian Woman Breaks Through Barriers to Reach Higher Education Leadership: My Climb to the Highest Rung  8. From Segregation in Mississippi to University Leadership in California: Seizing Opportunities, Making a Difference, and Paying It Forward  9. Divinely Ordered Steps to Leadership: Positioned for Purpose  10. The Leadership Journey of the Black, Latina, and Native American College President: From Poverty to the Presidency



    George Blumenthal is the Chancellor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, and a Member and Former Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

    Josefina Castillo Baltodano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Executive Leadership Academy at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Former President of Marian University, Wisconsin, USA.

    Contributing Editor:

    Ding-Jo H. Currie is a Distinguished Faculty and Director of the Leadership Institute for Tomorrow, California State University, Fullerton, USA; President, Lingnan Foundation, USA; and Former Chancellor of Coast Community College District, USA.

    Assistant Editors:

    Johnnella E. Butler is Professor Emerita and Former Provost at Spelman College, USA, and Founding Fellow and Faculty Member of the Executive Leadership Academy at University of California, Berkeley, USA.

    Samantha A. Rushing is Associate Director and Executive Assistant to the Board of the Executive Leadership Academy at University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Program Administrator of Berkeley Global Executive Education, at University of California, Berkeley, USA.