Thriving in Leadership:
Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education

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Karen A. Longman, editor

ISBN 978-0-89112-229-6

336 ppg

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In this book, seventeen senior leaders from faith-based colleges and universities across North America--collectively bringing with them hundreds of years of leadership experience--share fresh insights into the theory and practice of Christian higher education leadership. These authors speak honestly about the successes, failures, and demands that have shaped their current leadership decisions and their visions for the future.




About the Editor

Karen A. Longman serves as the program director and professor of doctoral higher education at Azusa Pacific University. She earned her doctorate from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Michigan, holds master's degrees from U.M. and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Albion College in Michigan.





Praise for Thriving in Leadership

"These essays...shed light on 'secrets' that all academic leaders should find of lasting value: the importance of 'showing up' as a whole person; the centrality of tenacious relationships; the vital role of rich, transformative conversations with all stakeholders; and the courage it takes to lead in ways that do not always conform to our cultural model assumptions about how leaders should act."

- Parker Palmer
author of Healing and the Heart of Democracy, The Courage to Teach, and Let Your Life Speak


"If you are drawn to the topic of leadership, especially in the context of a Christian serving in higher education, this book is a must read. I am challenged by these amazing authors and feel short-changed in not having their insights earlier in my career. I will call upon this deep well of scholarship, theory, practice, and stories many times in my work with diverse leaders."

- Robert C. Andringa
President Emeritus of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities,
managing partner of The Andringa Group


"Thriving in Leadership is an engaging conversation about the complexities, pressures, and joys of senior leadership in Christian higher education. The authors draw on their vast professional experience and the latest leadership literature to offer insights into the best practices in organizational leadership."

- Alec Hill
president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA