The Fine Art of Charm

The Fine Art of Charm | Paul Fain & Kathryn Masterson | Chronicle of Higher Education | 5 November, 2010

The article presents suggestions from several U.S. university and college professors regarding personality traits that are useful in their position as representatives of their institutions. It highlights differences in personality in cases where college presidents were terminated from their positions including Lawrence H. Summers at Harvard University and Gene R. Nichol at the College of William & Mary. It discusses the importance of personal attributes such as humor, charm, and humility for a college president and profiles examples of successful college presidents including Benjamin Dunlap of Wofford College, David L. Boren at the University of Oklahoma, and Wendy B. Libby of Stetson University.

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