Who are the most influential college leaders?


In a story published Saturday, I profiled Christopher Nelson, president of St. John’s College in Annapolis and arguably one of the most influential college presidents in the nation. Who are the others? And what makes a college president influential? Asks Daniel de Vise for the Washington Post. In Nelson’s case, it seems to be a combination of factors: tenure on the job (he’s in his 20th year); stature of the institution (St. John’s, with its Great Books curriculum, is one of the best-known liberal arts schools); proven leadership (Nelson helped organize the Annapolis Group, an informal organization of liberal arts schools with similar missions and concerns); and visibility (Nelson speaks all over the country, making a case for the liberal arts at a time when many parents consider the sector impractical)…

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