Working with University Constituencies, Within and Without

University presidents not only have very substantial authority but also possess abundant influence and power—though none of these attributes makes much difference if not boldly exercised or fully engaged….These claims assume that the incumbents are self-starters, willing to act, conscious of the strengths and weaknesses of others (just as they need to be aware of their own), content to internalize their successes and absorb their failures, willing to take advice or turn it away, happy to work long hours and able to walk away from the job for the sake of the institution, willing to say no or yes according to their best judgment, willing to endure a certain isolation and bear the disgruntled and faultfinders, willing to balance personal life with the demands of the job or lose one or the other or both, and deeply committed to the purposes, values, and culture of these rare and remarkable institutions that form so crucial, indeed, so indispensable a part of modern civilization. (Earning My Degree, p. 346)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPRENTICESHIP YEARS, 1960-73
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, 1973-1983
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, 1983-92

 

Sather Gate, Students, UC Berkeley

Sather Gate, University of California Berkeley