This book explores higher education leadership during times of extreme pressures and limited, changing information.

Organized around different functional units in higher education institutions, chapters describe the ways in which campus communities were affected by and responded to the early pandemic crisis. By unpacking observations of real leaders from American institutions of higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic, this book provides lessons learned and takeaway strategies for complex decision-making during a crisis. This edited collection explores the unique moment when leaders and teams must make, implement, and adjust plans rapidly to assure delivery of their missions, while still addressing the needs of students, parents, employees, and stakeholders. 

Shining a bright light on decision-making in the early acute stage of a crisis, this book prepares higher education educators to be effective leaders and successful decision-makers.

About the Authors 1. Introduction and Overview: ‘Embedded’ Across the Higher Education Landscape Part 1: Centrality of the Institutional Mission 2. Communications 3. Global Mobility and International Programs 4. Continuity of the Academic Mission 5. Equity and Resilience in Academic Research Part 2: Community and Operations 6. Student Services, Housing, and Dining 7. Athletics 8. Information Technology Leadership 9. Operations Facilities and Auxiliaries 10. Human Resource Leadership: Meeting the Needs of Faculty and Staff in the Early Pandemic Part 3: Planning and Preparation for a Post-COVID World  11. Admissions and Enrollment 12. Advancement Through a Pandemic 13. Moving the Institution Forward: Contingency Planning in Extreme Unpredictability 14. Reflections on Leadership through Crisis