Why college presidents need to break some furniture

Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, recalled in a conference how a stint on the presidential search committee of a small liberal-arts college showed him that college presidents are too timid:

“At the end of a long day of interviewing candidates in one of those soulless hotel conference rooms, a fellow committee member turned to me and said, ‘If I hear one more goddamn thing about how I like to lead by consensus, I’m going to shoot myself.'”

Higher-education leaders, he said, have been too quiet, too passive and need to “break some furniture” in the struggle over future of liberal-arts education.

Read the Chronicle of Higher Education article here.