Saving Black Colleges Leading Change in a Complex Organization

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-09-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Based on Schexnider's years as chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in North Carolina, Saving Black Colleges makes clear both the challenges and the opportunities and prospects for change historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) now face. Schexnider describes his approach to leading Winston-Salem State University during 1996-2000 and the problems he encountered. He details what he found, how he was received, what he was able to accomplish, and what he failed to achieve during a period of enormous change. He examines how these issues affect other HBCUs and makes clear in practical terms how courageous leadership, improved governance, and successful fundraising can deal with and help to overcome the problems HBCUs are facing.

Author Biography

Alvin J. Schexnider is President of Schexnider and Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm. Previously, he served as President of Thomas Nelson Community College, USA; as interim President of Norfolk State University, USA; and as the chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, USA. He has held faculty and administrative positions at Southern University, Syracuse University, The Federal Executive Institute, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wake Forest University.

Table of Contents

1. Discovery
2. Learning the Ropes
3. Leading Change
4. The Plot Thickens
5. The End of a Short-Lived Era
6. Black Colleges in the Post-Brown Era
7. The HBCU Presidency: Challenges and Opportunities
Appendix A: Winston-Salem State University Strategic Framework for Change
Appendix B: Winston-Salem State University Points of Progress

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