Partners in Education: The Need for Presidential Leadership


  • Theodore Gross Roosevelt University


Higher Education, School Reform, Schools, Partnerships


School reform today is marked by partnerships among schools, colleges, businesses, government agencies, and communities. Within the university, however, these efforts too often arise through the College of Education alone. The crucial need to develop effective collaborations will be frustrated until the president of the university serves as a leader in educational partnerships. The author's experiences as dean of the College of Letters and Sciences and leader of the State University of New York Purchase Westchester School Partnership, followed by his current role as president of Roosevelt University in Chicago, have convinced him of the significance of presidential leadership for the success of educational partnerships involving universities.