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Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education (Touchstone Books)


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An eye-opening and at times controversial insider's look at the current state of higher education in America, from one of the nation's most distinguished and down-to-earth university presidents.

At a time when daily news headlines scream of competitive college enrollments, skyrocketing tuition, campus violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and other campus scandals, the former president of The George Washington University tells it like it really is.

Educated at Columbia, Yale, and Harvard universities, with a membership in Phi Beta Kappa, more than fifteen honorary doctorates, four books, and numerous published articles, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is one of the leading voices in American higher education. Here he brings his thirty years of experience, wisdom, and wit to reveal what goes on behind the scenes in the difficult and rewarding challenge of running a university. Using wonderful anecdotes from his own life, Trachtenberg explains with compassion and his trademark humor the insight he has gained from the halls of learning.

For parents who will write big checks to send their sons and daughters to college, for businesspeople of all kinds looking for leadership lessons, and for anyone invested in America's system of higher education, this book is a major work about the importance of sustaining our nation's natural brain trust.

About the Author

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is University Professor of Public Service and president emeritus of The George Washington University, after serving nineteen years as the fifteenth president of the university. He arrived at GW in 1988 from the University of Hartford, where he served as president for eleven years. Prior to that, he was at Boston University for eight years, as dean of arts and sciences and vice president. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents


1. Enrollment Is Life

2. Young Enough to Still Do Some Damage

3. Believe in the Unproven

4. To Get Things Done, Risk Being Wrong

5. DonÕt Make Everybody Mad at You at the Same Time

6. No Tired Bureaucrats Need Apply

7. The Best Four Years of Your Life Are the Next Four Years of Your Life, Forever

8. Faculty Engagements

9. Schmoozing for Dollars

10. Seize the Day

11. Descartes Goes into a Bar and Orders a Martini

12. The Virtues of College Athletics

13. The Bride Is Too Beautiful

14. You CanÕt Anticipate Every Crisis

15. The Benefits of Being a Twentieth-Century Man

16. The Ideal University?

17. Perpetual Institutions, Mortal Leaders


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Trachtenberg, Stephe
Touchstone Books
Blumer, Tansy Howard
Trachtenberg, Stephen Joel
Education, higher
United states
Personal Memoirs
Administration - General
Education, Higher -- United States.
Education-Higher Education
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Touchstone Books
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