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Chief Executive Leadership Competencies, U.S.

Since the early 2000s, several comprehensive studies have offered insight into the changing pathways, leadership attributes, and challenges facing the chief executive officer of higher education institutions, but less has been written about how the performance of higher education chiefs is measured. This entry first discusses the changing realities for higher education institution leaders and the attributes and competencies considered important in dealing with these conditions. It then provides a case study of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System’s process for evaluating chancellors as an example of one approach to ensuring higher education chiefs develop the needed skills for effective leadership.

In his 1994 book, No Equal in the World, Joseph Crowley, former president of the University of Nevada, Reno, drew connections between the social, economic, ...

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