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Lessons Learned:
Reflections of a University President
William G. Bowen

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"This illuminating book written by a former president of Princeton, one of the world's top-ranking universities, demands to be read by anyone interested in good leadership, academic or otherwise, and in higher education. . . . [T]he principles he writes of are too fundamental and too good to be ignored by any university administrator with a heart. Think fund-raising. Think freedom of speech. Think uniting members of a university community. . . . An invaluable guide."--Louis Lee, South China Morning Post

"This book is well worth reading and with less than 200 pages it does not take long to read. The personal reflections of the former Princeton President are clearly and concisely presented and the lessons learnt are those you would expect from any good university leadership."--Bernard O'Meara, Australian Universities Review

"This book should be read by all Australian Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors and those aspiring to these roles."--Bernard O'Meara, Australian Universities Review

"[T]he more I read the more familiar Bowen's observations became. The most important lesson arising from this book for me is that there is a generic culture to universities."--Emoke Szathmáry, Caut Bulletin

"[T]his book could provide valuable guidance to any administrator in education or manager in some field far removed from college life. Certainly, any new college president should devour this book, and keep it handy."--Angela P. Dodson, Diverse Magazine

"The lessons that President Bowen cites in this book are thoughtful and wise, which any academic leader or aspiring leader could learn a lot from."--Dian-Fu Chang and Hsiao-Chi Chang, Higher Education

"Both students of higher education and those who are new to a role that regularly works closely with a university president will gain insights from William Bowen's new book Lessons Learned. . . . Bowen's candidness and humility throughout the book contribute to making these reflections engaging."--Clinton M. Stephens, Baywood Reprints


"The lessons Bowen cites are wise and sound and balanced and, in my opinion, absolutely right on."--Hanna Holborn Gray, former president of the University of Chicago

"Lessons Learned is so compelling that I read it in one sitting the day I received it. Bowen's specific and vivid examples masterfully illustrate the general points he makes about governance, administration, setting priorities, recruiting faculty and students, and fundraising. I found it most stimulating as well as illuminating to read."--Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania

"There is an unusual amount of wisdom and good common sense in these pages from which any academic leader or aspiring leader could learn a lot."--Derek Bok, former president of Harvard University

"I loved reading Lessons Learned. It is thoughtful, pithy, and wise. This is a terrific book. I am only sorry I did not have the benefit of reading it nine years ago. I would have saved myself from making a few big mistakes."--Lawrence S. Bacow, president of Tufts University

"This book, it seems to me, is Bill Bowen the teacher in full cry, delivering the goods with his usual insight, clarity, and force. This is not a memoir or history of his years in Princeton's Nassau Hall but rather a sophisticated, winsome guide to what worked--and didn't work--as he navigated the presidential wilds. Lessons Learned is in a league by itself."--Taylor Reveley, president of the College of William and Mary

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