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Vice Provost Carry Edits Leadership Book

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ainsley Carry edited a recently published book on higher education leadership.Ainsley Carry edited a recently published book on higher education leadership.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, published its latest book Executive Transitions in Student Affairs: A Guide to Getting Started as the Vice President Jan. 16, 2014. Edited by Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs at USC, the book applies best practices from the corporate world to prepare senior administrators for executive transitions in higher education.

“It is time for the student affairs profession to draw from every discipline to advance our practice. Executive Transitions in Student Affairs applies modern thinking on executive leadership to the demands of getting started as a vice president,” said Carry.

The book features a sampling of strategies and advice offered by vice presidents who have successfully made the transition and continue to effectively lead in their respective institutions. Drawing from their own experiences, the authors offer insights on areas that are particularly challenging to vice presidents navigating the transition period:

  • Taking control of your own onboarding
  • Establishing first-year priorities
  • Evolving from manager to leader
  • Identifying the appropriate leadership style for the situation
  • Assessing campus culture
  • Making the transition as an internal candidate
  • Being intentional about communication

“This book is full of rich and profound insights on the professional transition process,” said Larry Roper, vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University. “The authors have generously shared their experiences, which is a true gift to the reader. While the book focuses on executive transitions, it can be a valuable professional development tool for professionals at all stages of their career journey.”

The book is available on the NASPA website.

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