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June 17, 2024
Episode 20: No Presidents, Mo Problems

No Presidents, Mo Problems

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About the Episode

About the Episode: Join Mallory and Seth as they discuss the recent trend of rapid presidential turnover in higher education and its implications for marketing and communications teams. With half the Ivy League experiencing leadership changes and shorter tenures becoming the norm, this episode explores why this is happening and offers actionable advice for marketers facing these transitions. Discover how to align with new leadership, secure quick wins, and position yourself as a key player in institutional success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the Trend: Learn why university presidents are leaving their posts more quickly and what factors contribute to this trend.
  • Impact on Marketers: Discover the challenges and opportunities for marketing teams when a new president comes on board.
  • Strategic Alignment: Tips on how to align your marketing goals with the new president’s vision and priorities.
  • Quick Wins: Strategies for achieving short-term victories that support long-term initiatives.
  • Change Management: How to position yourself as a change agent and drive impactful projects.
  • Career Path: Insights into the potential for marketers to ascend to university presidencies and why this could benefit institutions.

Yale University Names Maurie McInnis as its 24th president

The Impossible College Presidency

The Past Month Has Seen a Flurry of No-Confidence Votes in College Presidents

University of La Verne President Out After 10 Months

Parting Thoughts from a Retiring President

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Mallory Willsea

Seth Odell

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Mallory Willsea is the Chief Strategist and Producer of Enrollify — higher ed’s largest and most trusted podcast network - and host of The Higher Ed Pulse.

Seth Odell is Founder and CEO of Kanahoma, the fastest growing digital marketing agency in higher education, and host of The Higher Ed Pulse.


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