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Academic Leadership Journeys

“Modern organizations often rely too much on engineering and too little on art in searching for quality, commitment, and creativity… Artistic leaders and managers help us look beyond today's reality to new forms that release untapped individual energies and improve collective performance.” – Bolman and Deal, Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

Effective, artful leadership lies at the core of Trinity’s mission as a student-centered university, and I am fortunate to work with a team of highly talented leaders. This month, I sat down with two of those leaders—Dr. Deneese Jones, vice president for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Sheryl Tynes, vice president for Student Life—to discuss their journeys to leadership in academia. Join me for our conversation.

Academic Leadership Journeys. President Anderson with Sheryl and Deneese

With exceptional leaders like Dr. Jones and Dr. Tynes at Trinity, we find commitment and creativity in their servant leadership. Who was your role model? Who inspired you to be an agent of change? Please share your stories with me. I love hearing from the Trinity community.

Best wishes,
Danny J. Anderson
President, Trinity University

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