Informal, Frequent Communication Helps Dean-Chair Partnership Thrive

Academic Leader

Department chairs and deans make more decisions without the involvement of central administration at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota than they did 15 years ago, when Tom Connery, dean of the college of arts and sciences, was a department chair. This "pushing down" of authority, Connery says, makes the partnership between chairs and deans more important than ever.

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