Leadership Challenges for Metropolitan Universities: Issues and Approaches

  • Daniel M. Johnson University of North Texas
  • Genger Fahleson
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Leadership, University Leaders


American higher education is in the throes of a major transformation. Decreasing public confidence, increasing concerns about higher education from state legislators, growing regulation at the state and national levels, fiscal challenges, and other major concerns are facing metropolitan universities and higher education generally. They have created the need for more effective leadership. This paper describes some of the principal issues confronting faculty and university leaders today, identifies selected leadership typologies, and offers suggestions on improving leadership effectiveness.