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This paper argues that meeting the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century will require significant changes in organizational and institutional leadership, and that universities worldwide must accept greater responsibility for the training and development of administrative leaders. Universities must develop cooperative strategies and programs that appreciate common problems, issues, and concerns, since the effectiveness of administrative leadership is increasingly dependent on forms of inter-institutional and cross-cultural cooperation that are crucial to the effectiveness and vitality of universities as leading institutions in western civilization. In the United States, recruitment, selection, and appointment of administrative leaders is costly and time-consuming, and the process can appear capricious and whimsical. Policies under which administrative leaders are appointed and premises upon which they are recruited and selected are often contradictory. The training and development of institutional leaders is also left to others. A great variety and abundance of leadership development programs is available; instructional strategies for educating and developing administrative leaders include: inservice development programs, administrative development seminars, administrative team leadership, continuing professional education, and intercultural cooperation. Cooperation among universities and other higher education institutions is essential to solving educational problems that impede the U.S. cultural and technological advancement. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: College Administration, College Presidents, Continuing Education, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Institutional Cooperation, International Cooperation, Leadership Training, Management Development, Professional Development, Professional Training, Seminars

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Author: Fincher, Cameron


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