Friday, October 30, 2009

Why Research Universities Should Be Led by Top Scholars

Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should Be Led by Top Scholars. Amanda Goodall, 2009. Experts, not managers, make the best leaders:

"This is a fascinating book, focused primarily - but not exclusively - on correlations between the excellence of universities and the academic distinction of their leaders. Goodall demonstrates significant such correlations, particularly for American universities. This is a book of considerable interest and significance, and it should be required reading for every university trustee or governor." - Robert May, University of Oxford

"Goodall argues that the best research universities are run by the best scholars - it is not enough for a university president to be a good manager. This is an important message that all universities need to hear. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the future health of the world's leading universities." - Sir Paul Nurse, president of Rockefeller University and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in medicine