From Bottom to Top Tier in a Decade

The Wagner College Turnaround Years




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/2/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781450243094
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781450243117
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781450243100

About the Book

From Bottom to Top Tier in a Decade: Th e Wagner College Turnaround Years is a memoir recounting one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in American higher education, as recalled by the president who led a fourteen-year campaign bringing this fi nancially troubled, under-enrolled, bottom-ranked college from disrepair and impending closure to wide regard as one of the top small, residential private colleges in the east. By the time Norman Smith departed in 2002, the college was ranked top tier, was full to capacity, and was cited as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses. Located on a hilltop overlooking Manhattan that had once been Vanderbilt and Cunard estates, Wagner College should never have gotten into trouble. Th is recounting is not only an engaging human story of the many trustees, benefactors, faculty, and staff who were key to the turnaround, but also represents a case study template of what must happen for any college to survive and ultimately fl ourish in these competitive times for private higher education.

About the Author

Dr. Norman Smith is the longest serving president of Wagner College in New York City and was the fi rst in its 125-year history to be designated President Emeritus upon his departure in 2002. His presidential years at Wagner College represent a most remarkable turn-around story and his leadership is widely credited with having saved the College’s very existence. After Wagner College, Smith moved to moved to London, England to become President of Richmond Th e American International University in London and is presently in Egypt where, as Founding Chancellor, he is overseeing the construction of a major American international university, Alamein, west of Alexandria on the Egyptian Mediterranean.. His 38-year career in higher education started at Drexel University, his undergraduate alma mater. He was also Executive Vice President of Moore College of Art, Vice President and Dean of Philadelphia University and Assistant Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University. Smith is married to Dr. Susan Robinson, former President of New York City’s Snug Harbour Cultural Center. Th eir daughter, Caroline, attends Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.