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Community College Leadership and Administration

Theory, Practice, and Change


Carlos Nevarez and Luke J. Wood

This book, a training tool for the 21st-century community college leader and administrator, deconstructs outdated practices and constructs new approaches to how contemporary community college leadership is viewed, practiced, and envisioned. Both timely and comprehensive, the book develops new models that are focused on facilitating leadership innovation, and encourages both formal and informal leaders to become active agents for change. A relevant case study, written by an experienced community college leader, follows each chapter. This book will be useful for courses in administration, leadership, management, and related areas, and presents contemporary skills for anyone who is a leader and/or administrator in an organization.


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The majority of this text was written in the basement of the library, “the dungeon,” at California State University, Sacramento. This inescapable setting allowed the authors time and space to examine, analyze and critique existing sources on com- munity college leadership and administration. This provided for critical exchange, which translated into the creation of various conceptual models, styles, and approaches. In doing so, we hope this work serves as a guide to give opportunities and increase the educational success of those most in need … community college students! In writing this book, we realized the benefits accrued by involving others in the process of writing this text. This allowed for stimulating conversation which emphasized the importance of collaboration. The by-products of these rewarding conversations were: constructing and reconstructing conceptual models; challeng- ing other perspectives, as well as our own; and envisioning new ideas/approaches focused on meeting the vision and mission of the community college. We would like to acknowledge: Rose Penrose for her arduous work in edit- ing the initial manuscripts of each chapter. Her optimism and tenacious dedi- cation to reviewing this text was admirable; Brason Lee for editing the majority of chapters within. His critical lens served to improve successive versions of these chapters; Jian-zhong (Joe) Zhou for providing access to CSUS library resources; Debra Fleming for locating literature sources to be used in the book; Jenny Leung, Neel Jadia, and Betty Ronayne for providing technical support at various stages of this project; Juan Carlos González for reviewing...

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