James L. Morrison
[Note: This is a re-formatted manuscript that was originally published in
On the Horizon, 1992, 1(2), 3-4. It is posted here with permission
from Jossey Bass
A number of readers have written to ask about our publisher, The Institute
for Academic and Professional Leadership at the University of North Carolina.
The Institute, approved by the UNC Board of Governors this semester, is charged
with offering professional development seminars to leaders in higher education.
This fall, for example, it offered two seminars in a professional development
series for community college presidents in North Carolina--"Developing and
Managing the Executive Team" and "Trustees as a Greater Resource for the
College." This winter, the Institute will offer two more seminars in this
series—"Applying TQM Concepts," and "Issues Management: A Decision Support
System for Managing Uncertainty."
The Institute is a part of the Program in Educational Leadership, UNC School
of Education, which also sponsors professional development seminars. This coming
July (9-13), the Program will cosponsor the third global change seminar,
"Surviving and Prospering in a World of Change" with King Alfred's College
Winchester and H+E Associates, Ltd. If you would like to be put on the mailing
list for announcements of forthcoming seminars by either the Program or the
Institute, please send me a note.
In the February issue, we will begin to focus on critical issues affecting
higher education. Two such issues currently occupy much of the space in our
local papers--multiculturalism (you may have read of the tension of establishing
a free-standing black cultural center on our campus) and tenure (three
professors who have won teaching awards were denied tenure this year). This is
designed to be an interactive newsletter. Please send me your nominations for
the "critical issues" list.
Finally a number of people have written me concerning site licenses to copy
and distribute On the Horizon to their staffs or to institutional
planning committee members. This is an excellent use of the newsletter; please
write or phone me if you are interested in such an arrangement.