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Bennis gauges college leadership

University Professor and leadership expert Warren Bennis was asked by The Washington Post to assess the leadership of college presidents in embracing new technology and innovative teaching.

Bennis, a Distinguished Professor of Business at the USC Marshall School of Business, took part in the national search to find a successor to USC President Steven B. Sample, which resulted in the decision to promote Provost C. L. Max Nikias.

“I had the opportunity to review countless resumes and interview a fair number of sitting presidents and provosts,” said Bennis, founder of the USC Leadership Institute. “It’s no accident that we selected our incumbent provost, a doctorate in electrical engineering and a maven of all manner of innovative technologies and teaching methods.”

Bennis said college leadership faces many challenges, including an economy that “will require more efficiencies of every kind and still-to-be-imagined jobs.”

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